Following the Rana Plaza factory collapse, the “Bangladesh Accord” was signed by 190 international clothing brands and international unions and their local affiliates. The Accord requires independent factory inspections, public reporting, mandatory repairs, and worker participation. What can garment workers in Central America learn from this experience?
Garrett Brown, coordinator of the Maquiladora Health & Safety Support Network, is an occupational health and safety professional who retired from Cal/OSHA after 20 years of factory inspections.
Read "Labor: Lessons From Bangladesh" by Seth Leibson in the Fall 2015 Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies.