Labor activists are tired of Gap and Walmart’s “public-relations games.” In response to the companies’ failure to sign the legally binding Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, students, workers, consumers, and community members are coming together on June 29 to mark the first-ever International Day of Action to End Death Traps in cities across the globe. Orchestrated by a consortium of anti-sweatshop groups, including Labour Behind the Label, Maquila Solidarity Network, United Students Against Sweatshops, International Labour Rights Forum, and the Bangladesh Garment & Industrial Workers Federation, the event will demand “real, long-overdue action” from Gap and Walmart regarding fire and building safety in Bangladesh, organizers say. “Instead of ensuring the safety of its workers, Gap and Walmart have been playing public relations games to undermine the accord, they say in a statement. “Too much is at stake for Gap and Walmart to continue their business-as-usual approach to fire and building safety.”

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