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24 Apr 2023

Ariful Islam Sabbir, Dhaka Tribune

Bangladesh: Ten years on from Rana Plaza collapse, family members of the deceased & labour orgs pay respects at memorial

"10 years of Rana Plaza tragedy: Memories of victims live on", 24 April 2023

Ten years on from the Rana Plaza tragedy, family members of victims and representatives of various organizations paid their respects by laying flowers at the memorial near the Savar bus stand on Monday...

Bangladesh Garment Workers Trade Union Centre (GWTUC), Bangladesh Garments and Industrial Workers Federation (BGIWF), Garments Sramik Front, Garments Sramik League and several other labour organizations paid their respects in memory of the deceased.

General Secretary of Garment Workers Trade Union Center of Bangladesh Joly Talukder said...compensation and rehabilitation for the families of the deceased workers and justice over the tragedy have not been delivered.

“The arrangement of a lifetime income equivalent compensation and rehabilitation for the affected workers at Rana Plaza, ensuring justice for all those responsible for the incident, reforming the country's labour laws to make them worker-friendly and providing free medical treatment and government allowances for injured workers in all industrial sectors are necessary,” he added. 

On Sunday, several injured workers from Rana Plaza staged a hunger strike for three days at the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka demanding the implementation of a four-point agenda.

Their demands include provision of compensation and rehabilitation to the workers affected in the Rana Plaza tragedy equal to one lifetime's income; bringing to justice all those responsible for the Rana Plaza incident; reforming the country's labour laws and building worker-friendly laws; providing free treatment and government allowances to injured workers in all industrial sectors of the country...

"Rana Plaza has brought our workers to this situation today. If we were healthy, we would have worked, celebrated Eid with our families. Now we are like mental patients. So we have gone for this hunger strike on a four-point demand," he added...