3 years on from Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh - little improvements in health & safety conditions
24 April marks the third anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh that killed 1,134 people and injured over 2,000 others. The collapse of the eight-story building, which housed five garment factories supplying global brands, is one of the worst industrial accidents to date. The rights and safety of workers are in greater focus now than arguably ever before, but progress in fixing problems in the supply chain is slow, experts and activists say.
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Author: Jenny Holdcroft, IndustriALL Global Union in Huffington Post
As we wonder #whomademyclothes - attention turns to the millions of garment workers, surviving on poverty wages, who make the clothes we wear...But what can we do to help these workers - 80% of whom are women?..Certainly not to only buy vintage or second hand - as two fashionistas recently proposed on a BBC radio 4 program. Garment workers desperately need to keep their jobs, so boycotting brands is not the way forward. They want to work. In many countries the garment industry is one of the few avenues to financial independence for women. What they don't want are poverty wages, excessive working hours and unsafe factories.
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ActionAid Bangladesh published on Saturday the findings of a survey on 1,300 survivors and 500 relatives of the deceased. The report titled, ‘Three years Post Rana Plaza: Changes in the RMG Sector’, says 48 percent survivors are currently unemployed. Of them, 56.5 percent cited physical weakness and 34.1 percent mental weakness as the main reasons for being unemployed. “It is noteworthy that the survivors are changing their jobs and shifting from one factory to another frequently,” the report says. As regards to their career plan, most of the respondents intend to get involved in small business in future, it says. Only 4.8 percent of the respondents have plans to work in garment factory, it adds.