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Bangladeshi Workers, the Garment Industry and US Consumers

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Three weeks after 1127 garment workers died in an eight-story building collapse, the Bangladeshi government has made some concessions to organized labor. But angry protests have led to a lockout in more than 200 factories. Some of Europe's largest retailers have agreed to pay for improved health and safety, but WalMart, Sears, JC Penny and the Gap have not signed on. How responsible are they for working conditions in a global economy? Can American shoppers make any difference?

Credits

Guests:
Steven Greenhouse - journalist and author - @greenhousenyt, Scott Nova - Worker Rights Consortium - @ScottNova_WRC, Jagdish Bhagwati - Columbia University - @columbia_econ, Ellen Ruppel Shell - The Atlantic - @EllenRuppelShel

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Anna Scott, Evan George, Christian Bordal