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In Bangladesh's garment factories, workers face an uphill battle for better safety


Labor organizer Tuhin Chowdury got a call from a woman he knew only as “Lovely” in April 2013. She worked in a factory at Rana Plaza — a tall building with a shopping mall and several garment factories crammed into upper floors — and wanted his advice.

She said she had seen cracks in the building the day before. The owners had shut down the building and sent the workers home, but now they were being called back by managers who threatened to take away the day’s salary...