On Saturday, June 29, Students Against Sweatshops will lead a coalition of groups and individuals in an international day of action to pressure Walmart and Gap to stop the use of unsafe factories that have killed more than 1,800 workers in Bangladesh since 2005. To date, the two corporate giants have refused to sign on to an Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh that would go a long way toward making workers in Bangladesh safer. The accord would require independent inspections by trained fire safety experts, mandatory repairs and a central role for workers and unions.
More than 60 companies have signed the accord, but so far Gap and Walmart have refused. In response, a coalition of labor and community groups will be taking action at Gap and Walmart stores around the world by picketing, leafleting and demonstrating.
The day of action is sponsored by United Students Against Sweatshops, AFL-CIO, AFT, Amalgamated Transit Union, Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity, Bangladesh Garment & Industrial Workers Federation, Clean Clothes Campaign, IndustriALL, International Labor Rights Forum, Jobs With Justice, Labor Behind the Label, Maquila Solidarity Network, National Garment Worker Federation, People & Planet, SEIU, UAW, United Food and Commercial Workers, United Steelworkers and Workers United (SEIU) .
Organizations supporting the action have signed a Statement of Support.