“Because of what I’m in love with doing, I’m not able to pay my bills,” Milton said, speaking to students at UNC on Wednesday.
“The students don’t really know what’s going on, but later on they will. Eventually someone will need to take care of their grandparent.”
Students came out to support local low-wage workers and Bangladeshi factory workers at the Sweatshop Worker Speakout, an event hosted by Student Action with Workers.
The student-run organization strives to fight for workers’ rights both locally and internationally.
The event began with a discussion and explanation of how UNC and its students are connected to the unsafe conditions of factory workers in foreign countries.
Bangladeshi factory worker Reba Sikder, a survivor of the Rana Plaza factory collapse that killed more than a thousand people, and Aleya Akter, the general secretary of the Bangladesh Garment and Industrial Workers Federation, discussed their firsthand experiences in the factories.
Sikder described the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory and her story of survival when she was trapped in the rubble for two days.
“The brands don’t care about us,” she said. “They don’t think we are people, especially in Bangladesh.”