Bangladesh: Survivors and families of victims of Rana Plaza building collapse began receiving compensation

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7 September 2015

Bangladesh lifts ban on a controversial movie about its garment industry

Author: Jennifer Swann, www.takepart.com

A garment worker's rescue from the rubble of a Bangladeshi factory collapse in 2013 offered a Hollywood ending to one of the world's worst industrial disasters...But when a local filmmaker decided to make a movie based on the miraculous survival story, a court banned its release in Bangladesh last month on the premise that it could negatively affect the country's labor force...a panel of four judges had a change of heart and agreed to lift the restriction...The reversal came at the insistence of the movie's producer, Shamima Akhter, who reasoned that Rana Plaza—named after the now infamous factory—had already been approved by Bangladesh's Film Censor Board. 

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2 August 2015

Where Did You Get That Dress?: Bangladesh Two Years on From Rana Plaza

Author: Shannon K. O'Neil, Council on Foreign Relations

On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza factory...collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh...Rana Plaza highlights both the best and the worst of what globalization and global supply chains bring to developing countries...This trade has helped fundamentally change Bangladeshi society, in many ways for the better...Yet the industry also pays poorly and restricts union membership. Workers routinely suffer from respiratory diseases, injuries, and even death...The often blatant disregard for labor rights and safety standards comes in part from the way these supply chains function...The response to the Rana Plaza collapse also underscores the good and the bad of this global commercial connectedness...As Bangladesh struggles to improve wages and working conditions, the public and private sectors worry about losing the industry and its jobs.

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7 June 2015

Bangladesh: Funds for Rana Plaza victims reach $30m target

Author: Clean Clothes Campaign

The Clean Clothes Campaign...announce a major campaign victory with the confirmation that the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund has finally met its target of $30 million, following a large anonymous donation...The CCC has been campaigning since the disaster in April 2013 to demand that brands and retailers provided compensation to its victims...Since then over one million consumers from across Europe and around the world have joined actions against many of the major high street companies whose products were being made in one of the five factories housed in the structurally compromised building. 

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2 April 2014

Who has paid and who is dragging their heels? [Bangladesh]

Author: Clean Clothes Campaign

The following brands have yet to publicly commit to the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund despite having had links to a factory in the building Adler Modemärkte, Kids for Fashion, Ascena Retail, Manifattura Corona, Auchan, Matalan, Benetton, NKD, Carrefour, PWT (Texman), Cato Fashions, Yes Zee, Grabalok, Gueldenpfennig, J C Penney...he following brands have made initial contributions to the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund...Bonmarche, Loblaw, BRAC USA, including donations from The Children's Place, Walmart, Asda and the Walmart Foundation, LPP S.A., Mango, Mascot, N Brown Group, Premier Clothing, Primark, Camaieu, C&A Foundation, El Corte Ingles, Inditex, KiK.

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31 March 2014

Rana Plaza survivor begins European tour [Bangladesh]

Author: Clean Clothes Campaign

Shila Begum…has flown from the Netherlands to Italy as part of a European speaker tour where she will be sharing her story with consumers, campaigners, trade unions and clothing brands in the hope that before April 24th…brands will pay up into the Rana Plaza Donor Trust Fund…She is making this brave trip along with Secretary General of the National Garment Workers Federation Safia Parvin and Shahidul Islam Shahid as part of the Pay Up campaign being run by Clean Clothes Campaign and our partners across the globe…With just three weeks until the annversary of the devastating collapse major brands including Benetton, Auchan and Adler Modermarkte are still to commit any funds to the Rana Plaza Donor Trust Fund.

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30 March 2014

Identities of 146 missing Rana Plaza workers listed [Bangladesh]

Author: bdnews24.com

The list compiled by ‘Bangladesh Garments Sromik Shonghoti’ on Saturday provided the full identities of 146 out of 183 missing workers who have been named…The army, which led the rescue operation in the wake of one of the most devastating man-made disasters, could not account for 261 people who were employed at the building’s various garment factories…The organisation demanded that ill-fated day, April 24, be declared a national mourning day and Workers Safety Day…Their other demands are – to clear discrepancies in the list of the dead and missing, to provide proper compensation to all victims and the DNA testing of all the mortal remains that had been recovered from the debris…The labour leaders also wanted prompt punishment for building owner Sohel Rana…The organisation will hold a rally at Shahbagh on Apr 25 to press for its demands.

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28 March 2014

3 Retailers Give Aid to Bangladesh Workers [Bangladesh]

Author: Steven Greenhouse, The New York times

Walmart, Gap and Children’s Place...became the first three United States companies to contribute toward a $40 million fund for victims of the Rana Plaza factory…Those retailers made their donations indirectly through BRAC, a Bangladeshi humanitarian relief group…contributors to the fund include El Corte Inglés, Inditex, Loblaw, Mango and Primark…Walmart said that it, along with the Walmart Foundation and Asda, a British supermarket subsidiary, had contributed $3 million to BRAC…Bill Chandler, a Gap spokesman, said…donation by...Gap Foundation was just one action of many to see lasting change occur in Bangladesh...Children’s Place issued a statement...its donation to aid the victims of the Rana Plaza tragedy is incremental to the company’s ongoing work and contributions to realize a safer workplace for Bangladesh garment industry workers....clean clothes campaign...said...group would campaign in France, Italy and Germany this week to press Benetton, Carrefour and other retailers to contribute to the fund. Primark...has pledged more than $7 million to help Rana Plaza victims.

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28 March 2014

Bangladesh factory disaster victims get first compensation [Bangladesh]

Author: AFP

Survivors and families of victims of Bangladesh's worst industrial disaster that killed more than 1,100 people last year began receiving compensation Friday, a senior union official said…British fashion clothing retailer Primark sent payments of $640 to survivors and victims' families, Roy Ramesh, a union leader who also belongs to a group coordinating compensation, told AFP…Other brands which had clothes being made at the factory complex are providing compensation through an ILO-backed trust fund…Primark has also paid nine months of salary to help families of the dead and those who survived the accident meet expenses while the Canadian group Loblaw has paid three months of wages, officials said…Primark…will pay $9-million to families of dead and injured workers who worked for its supplier New Wave Bottoms, one of the five factories based at the Plaza.

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26 March 2014

BRAC USA Announces Renewed Push for Bangladesh Garment Workers [Bangladesh]

Author: PRWeb, [NY]

As the one-year anniversary of the Bangladesh Rana Plaza building collapse approaches, BRAC USA, the North American affiliate of BRAC, announced today a multi-year fundraising initiative to ensure that progress continues on humanitarian aid and support for workers in Bangladesh’s ready-made garment industry…BRAC USA’s new Bangladesh Humanitarian Fund will be directed to three specific program areas: support for the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund; continued support for BRAC’s work to provide counseling and rehabilitation to garment workers; and a reserve that can be used to support a “social safety net” for workers impacted by other tragedies such as the Tazreen factory fire in 2012... BRAC USA’s Bangladesh Humanitarian Fund has already raised more than $5 million, including support from Walmart, Asda, Walmart Foundation, The Children’s Place and The Gap Foundation.

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