As head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis I has joined other voices to condemn the paltry pay packet offered to Bangladesh’s textile workers who have recently lost over 400 colleagues in the collapse of a structure housing many industries.
After sending a message on Twitter, calling on Christians to join him to pray for the victims of the tragedy in Dhaka, Pope Francis could not hold back when he discovered from reports that some of the workers earn as low as $50 a month.
According to the Holy Sea, such a salary in today’s world is equated to slavery, since the labour put in is more that what they are being paid considering the huge profits margin the multinational retail stores make from selling clothes from these industries.
Earlier today, thousands of workers in Bangladesh marched through the capital city, Dhaka marking Labour Day celebration calling for the owner of the eight-storey building to be sentenced to death.
The thousands of marchers also urged for the safety and working conditions of workers to be improved.
As rescue efforts continue at the site of the industrial disaster the biggest ever in the country, about 410 have died 140 still unaccountable and 2,500 injured, according to police reports.
Bangladesh, a breakaway province from Pakistan is one of the world’s poorest nations and depends heavily on international aid, but has recently shown some signs of improvement.
With a population of over 122 million and most of the economy dependent on agriculture, which is often threatened by cyclones and floods the cost of living is generally difficult.
Even though most of the workers in the textile industries are aware of the low pay offer, they have no choice but to count themselves lucky to have a job to make a living for their families.