This April the 24th marks the second year anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Over 1,100 people lost their lives that day, and over 2,500 were injured or maimed. These casualties were garment and factory workers employed and instructed to continue work as usual in a building that was illegally constructed and uninspected by officials.
“The Rana Plaza building collapse is the deadliest disaster in the history of the global garment industry.”
As an international capital of burgeoning apparel export, Bangladeshi factory owners and the international apparel brands that contract with those factories have pushed the industry and its workers to the limit (or well beyond – as this is not sustainable). With the unrelenting demands of fast fashion, quick turn times, and the cheapest production costs, those that benefit from the system turn a blind eye. To keep amassing profit with large margins, by continuing to produce in Bangladesh, corners are cut in regards to factory and worker safety, wages, and inhumane employment practices.
On this day we join the call to demand justice and recompense for the victims of the Rana Plaza collapse. Many brands that employed the factories housed in the Rana Plaza building have either not paid a cent, or continue to rebuff demands by survivors and their advocates with insufficient payments. This begs the question, “How much do they think a life is worth?”
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Please read more and join International Labor Rights Forum’s global event page – Global Day of Action: Remembering Rana Plaza for more information on what you can do to join those that are working to fight for human rights.