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The Daily Star
Published: Saturday, August 24, 2013
Letters to the Editor
Fear that helps labour abuse
Ted Rudow III, MA, Encina Ave, Palo Alto,CA
There are labour abuses in Bangladesh and their connection to US multinational corporations is a question. The US government did slap a small sanction on the Bangladeshi government for its record on workers’ right. They took away their GSP special trade status.
Labour law is getting worse in Bangladesh. Workers in export processing zones still don’t have the right to unionise. Reporting by people shows that the building inspectors are still doing the same kind of corrupt things they used to do in the past.
And, you know, the US could slap tougher sanctions on Bangladesh if they wanted to, but Bangladesh keeps throwing out this card that if they do, it will breed radical Islam in Bangladesh. So you really see, interestingly, the war on terror preventing tougher — you know, disrupting activists at home here in the US, as well as preventing tougher sanctions on Bangladesh, because of this fear of radical Islam in Bangladesh.
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