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Century after historic fire, focus is on worker safety

Houston Chronicle
03/24/2011

On March 25, 1911, 146 workers died in the flames of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, the largest blouse manufacturer in New York City. Locked doors trapped workers on the ninth floor, exposing them to fire and smoke. Some tried to escape on the narrow fire escape, but it collapsed. Many others jumped out of windows. All but 23 of the dead were women, most were young mothers, and some were children. All were immigrants in search of a better life. 

Debating the 'Global Sweatshop'

Women's Wear Daily
03/24/2011

NEW YORK — Tragic as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire was, the most definitive moment of Thursday’s all-day symposium honoring its centennial was an impromptu exercise that reminded guests just how far removed they are from the factories that produce the clothes they wear.

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire killed 146 but led to labor reform. A century later, has America forgotten its lessons?

Star-Ledger
03/20/2011

 

That indignity, and the crowded and unsanitary factory floor, led many of the 400 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory workers to go on strike in 1909 as they began to claim their rights to respect, better wages and safer working conditions. They won concessions on pay, but little else from the factory owners, who kept the workplace in a shambles.

And the doors locked.

'Made in Newark' initiative hopes to introduce visitors to city's businesses, locally made products

The Star Ledger
03/17/2011

NEWARK — Activity buzzed inside a nondescript, one-story manufacturing building near Newark’s Branch Brook Park.

Workers from Unionwear carefully cut zippers to length for royal blue gym bags emblazoned with a block-lettered "Made in Newark" logo on the side. Others focused on embroidery machines, guiding threads in red, orange and yellow patterns that spelled out "Go Newark Hoop Fest" on baseball caps.

Labour firm fakes paperwork

Phnom Penh Post
03/14/2011

Labour recruitment firm T&P Co Ltd has been faking documents for under-age women to make them eligible for domestic work abroad, a local rights advocate said today.

Moeun Tola, head of the labour programme at the Community Legal Education Centre, said today that at least two of five women recently released from the firm’s training centre are under age.

Women urged to wrest rights with education, skills

Dawn News
03/08/2011

Seminars, a press conference and a walk were also held on the day celebrated in the city as elsewhere in the world.

They said women were discriminated against right from their childhood as the male child was given preference to the girl child by the family in the provision of food, education, medical help, etc. When girls grew up and came out of their homes to get education or employment, a majority of them faced harassment at public places, bus stops, in transport and even at workplaces.

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