Please watch this video from the National Labor Committee, "Where Ships Go to Die," and take a few minutes to learn about the plight of workers in Bangladesh who are forced to do what could be the most dangerous job in the world with virtually no protections.
Then visit the Workers Uniting site here and sign on to a letter the G-20 heads of state, demanding that our world leaders do something positive and concrete to protect some of the most vulnerable workers anywhere in the world.
In Bangladesh, 30,000 workers-many of them children just 10 to 13 years old-break apart huge decommissioned tanker ships, 650 to 1,000 feet long and 20 stories high, which are run up onto the beaches.
The shipbreakers are forced to work 12 hours a day, seven days a week, for wages of just 22 to 32 cents an hour, doing one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Workers are injured and maimed every day, and on average a worker is killed every three weeks. Workers lack even the most minimal safety protections.
Child workers use hammers to break apart asbestos - there is an average of 15,000 pounds of asbestos on each ship, which they carry out and dump on the beach. On Saturday, September 5, two workers were burned to death and three were critically injured when a gas tank on a South Korean ship they were dismantling exploded. Click here for more from the Workers Uniting site.