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Obit: Death in Dhaka

GUEST,Eddie 28 Apr 13 - 05:56 AM
Musket 28 Apr 13 - 06:23 AM
GUEST,Fred McCormick 28 Apr 13 - 06:31 AM
GUEST,Eddie 28 Apr 13 - 06:44 AM
GUEST,Fred McCormick 28 Apr 13 - 07:17 AM
GUEST,Fred McCormick 28 Apr 13 - 07:59 AM
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Subject: Obit: Death in Dhaka
From: GUEST,Eddie
Date: 28 Apr 13 - 05:56 AM

I present two 3-hour radio programmes each Tuesday & Wednesday when I interview folks from groups/organisations here in the Reading UK area. To break up the chat I play appropriate music tracks or get participants to bring in their own choices.
As part of what I jokingly refer to as "research" I usually have a look at Wiki and get birthdays, dates of death etc but keep an eye on the news too.
Next week I'll be playing George Jones, Lonnie Donegan, Willie Nelson, Mimi Farina, Judy Collins, Rita Coolidge and Pete Seeger but, reading the news I kept finding myself drawn to the horrors of Dhaka. 350 dead already with hundreds more still missing. All in the quest for the fast buck!
I wondered what I could play to pay my respects and found this Hard Times
I still have tears blurring my eyes as I type.

The feeling being poured out by these folks as they sing is overwhelming!

Eddie


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Subject: RE: Obit: Death in Dhaka
From: Musket
Date: 28 Apr 13 - 06:23 AM

My brother lives in Dhaka, running the Red Cross operation there. Even before this tragedy, whenever I think my work is getting a bit on top of me, I think of my brother and realise whatever issues we face, the "growing economies" face the same issues as we had when our economy was growing in the industrial revolution. The price of goods versus the price of life.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Death in Dhaka
From: GUEST,Fred McCormick
Date: 28 Apr 13 - 06:31 AM

Eddie, I feel completely gutted at the whole rotten mess, and particularly at the part which western corporations have played in it. Yes, there must be some brutal taskmasters on the ground over there, and they probably deserve to rot in hell. But they wouldn't be able to exploit the workers, and force them to operate in such hellish places if the buyers insisted on proper working conditions and proper wages.

I've been boycotting Primark for years. Anyone care to join me?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Death in Dhaka
From: GUEST,Eddie
Date: 28 Apr 13 - 06:44 AM

Don't know if we're allowed to do this kind of thing on Mudcat but, I just signed the petition ".@Primarkjobs @Mango @Matalan: ensure safety for workers & compensate victims of building collapse" on Change.org.

It's important. Will you sign it too? Here's the link:

http://www.change.org/petitions/primarkjobs-mango-matalan-ensure-safety-for-workers-compensate-victims-of-building-collapse?share_id=oCuRbEUdyD&utm_campaign=signature_receipt&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition

Thanks!

Eddie
ps
If the Mudelves are required to delete this, then I understand. It's just that I feel pretty strongly about it and yes Fred, I started boycotting Primark a long time ago too.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Death in Dhaka
From: GUEST,Fred McCormick
Date: 28 Apr 13 - 07:17 AM

I don't see why anyone should object, although it should probably be in the BS section. The worrying thing about all this is that up till now, I've been a regular shopper at Matalan, not realising that they are part of the same ugly mess.

We need much better intelligence as to who's exploiting who, and we need a proper campaign to force all employers of third world labour to treat their employees as human beings!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Death in Dhaka
From: GUEST,Fred McCormick
Date: 28 Apr 13 - 07:59 AM

The following has just come up on Huffington Post . I'm sure it will be the first of many.


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