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Even more workers die behind locked doors

A blaze at a locked poultry slaughterhouse in northeast China has killed at least 119 workers.  Read the Reuters story here.

Photo from US Fire Administration Report

Aftermath of the 1991 Imperial Foods chicken processing plant fire.

Does this sound just a little too familiar?

Two decades ago, 25 workers were killed in a fire at a poultry processing plant in Hamlet, North Carolina.  Several exit doors were locked, trapping workers inside.  “Reports have surfaced that workers inside the Hamlet Plant were afraid to say anything about safety conditions due to fear of being fired.”  Read the FEMA Report on that fire here.

How many times is history going to repeat itself?

  • November 2012: 112 workers died behind locked doors in a garment factory fire outside Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • September 2012: 258 workers died behind locked doors in a garment factory fire in Karachi, Pakistan
  • December 2010: 25 workers died behind locked doors in a garment factory fire outside Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • March 2010: 21 workers died behind locked doors in a garment factory fire outside Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • April 2008: 55 workers died behind locked doors in a mattress factory fire in Casablanca, Morocco
  • September 2002: 45 workers died behind locked doors at a plastics factory fire in Lagos, Nigeria

(How many other workers’ deaths didn’t make the headlines?)

Corporations look after their profits, not their workers.

Read “How Unions Make Workplaces Safer” here.

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About Liz Iacobucci

Liz Iacobucci is the former Public Information Officer for the State Employees’ Association of New Hampshire, SEIU Local 1984. Over the past three decades, she has served in government at the federal, state and municipal levels; and she has worked for both Democratic and Republican politicians.
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