Tuesday, 23 July 2013
Delivery of Letters to Walmart and Gap Re: Bangladesh Safety Accord
On Sunday June 23, Bob and I went to the St. Vital mall and delivered 26 letters to Walmart and 26 letters to the Gap. The letters, which many of you signed, urged Walmart and the Gap to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, an internationally recognized, legally enforceable, union supported safety accord.
At Walmart, we talked to an assistant manager, who promised to give the letters to the store manager. The store manager phoned me the next day and said that he gave the letters to the head office in Toronto, and someone would contact me to discuss them.
At the Gap, we met with a store manager who gave us a standard response letter, which says that the Gap is committed to improving working conditions in Bangladesh, but does not have any details. The manager also promised to send the letters to the head office, and someone would contact me.
I have not heard anything from the head office of either store. I intend to follow up with this issue in the coming months. Perhaps we can discuss further action at one of our fall meetings.
- Submitted by Amanda