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21 Apr 2016

Rina Chandran, Thompson Reuters Foundation

ANALYSIS - Three years after Rana Plaza disaster, has anything changed?

Three years after the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,100 factory workers, the rights and safety of workers are in greater focus, but progress in fixing problems in the supply chain is slow, experts and activists say...More than 40 defendants face charges over the disaster, but about 24 of the accused have absconded..The disaster led to the creation of two international coalitions designed to assess and help fund improvements to building and fire safety at thousands of garment factories in Bangladesh...But nearly three years on, about 70 percent of those plans are behind schedule, according to data on its website..."While compensation for victims became a priority after the disaster, the perennial problems of safety, health and prevention still need to be addressed," said Gopinath Parakuni, general-secretary of non-profit Cividep India...Every factory is still a tinder box, and effective ways to ensure day-to-day safety are still not in place," he said...As well as companies and governments, consumers are getting involved in the campaign for greater supply-chain transparency.


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Rana Plaza two years on: Progress, but compensation and workers' rights still lacking

3 years on from Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh - little improvements in health & safety conditions

Alliance for Bangladesh Workers Safety

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh

Rana Plaza building collapse, April 2013