International:Hazardous working conditions kill dozens of food workers in fire tragedy in Bangladesh.

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52 workers are confirmed dead, dozens are still missing, and hundreds are seriously injured following a fire that took place at the Hashem Foods Ltd factory in Rupganj in Narayanganj district, on the outskirts of Dhaka. The fire started on the afternoon of Thursday July 8 and was still burning 24 hours later. Some 7,000 workers have been working in unsafe conditions at Hashem Foods Ltd, which is one of several food, beverage, and agro-processing companies owned by Sajeeb Grou While initial reports claimed workers were taking shelter when they died, new information from workers who jumped from the second and third floors indicates the exits were blocked and there was no escape. Workers who escaped the fire last night also reported that there was another fire at the factory just one week ago. IUF-affiliated unions in Bangladesh condemned the hazardous and unsafe conditions that led to the tragic deaths of workers. They are demanding an investigation into the violation of workers’ rights, including health and safety rights, at the Hashem Foods Ltd factory as well as all factories operated by the Sajeeb Group.