Introduction: dis-organising labour in the clothing industry in the Asia Pacific
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The Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh in 2013 brought home to an international audience the implications of industrial mobility in the clothing industry. In this event, a substandard building that housed, among others, five clothing factories employing over 3000 workers collapsed, and the lives of hundreds of workers were lost. Estimates put the death toll at between 425 and 1200 (Yardley 2013). These workers died as a result of the operations of an industry that seeks to reduce the margins of labour costs. In addition to low wages and poor working conditions, nowadays contractors also use strategies of transnational mobility.
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