The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Echoes of Triangle Shirtwaist

Sep 17, 2012

The factory fire in Pakistan is highly reminiscent of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire that happened 101 years ago in New York City. In that fire, 146 garment workers lost their lives after managers similarly locked stairway doors to prevent workers from supposedly stealing cloth, and many tried to save themselves by jumping many stories to the streets below.

Little has changed about capitalism in 100 years – Pakistan looks like the U.S. did 100 years ago and in the U.S. there are nearly 4,000,000 work- related injuries and illnesses each year!