Sun Jun 30, 2013 11:32AM
Susan Modaress, PressTV, New York

Depositphotos_11288355_xs ProtestHundreds of demonstrators have gathered in New York City in solidarity with Bangladeshi garment factory workers. The rally is part of an international day of action against the mistreatment of low-wage workers overseas by American and other western retailers.

The tragic deaths of over 1,200 Bangladeshi garment workers in factory fires and building collapses in recent months have led to an international outcry for tighter safety measures for ill-fated buildings, often constructed without necessary permits to produce clothes for major western brands.

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While many Western apparel brands have been shamed into addressing labor conditions in Bangladesh’s booming garment sector, others have not.

As part of an international day of solidarity with the Bangladeshi garment factory workers, demonstrators will gathered in the heart of New York City’s trendy shopping district of Soho to call on US retailers to take responsibility for the conditions at the factories that produce their clothing and sign the “Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh”, which they say will take meaningful steps towards ensuring safe working conditions in garment factories.