Rana Plaza: Bangladeshi garment workers still paying the price for fast fashion

22 April 2016 - 11:00am
Press release

On 24 April 2013 the Rana Plaza factory collapsed in Bangladesh killing over 1,100 garment workers and injuring thousands more, in one of the worst industrial tragedies in recent years.

Three years on, the factory owner is in prison, compensation to victims and families has been paid, yet global garment brands continue to profit from exploitation of workers in Bangladesh.

Owen Espley, Sweatshops Campaigner at War on Want, said:

"Three years on from the tragedy of Rana Plaza, garment workers continue to pay a high price making clothes for the UK high street.  It is not enough for consumers to buy ethically, if we’re serious about tackling workers’ rights abuses and the inherent exploitation in the fashion industry, the government has to act; national regulation, alongside legally binding international mechanisms, is long overdue.

"Faced with the grim reality of 14-16 hour days, unsafe conditions and poverty pay, Bangladeshi garment workers are far from hapless victims; they continue to fight every day to improve working conditions, and we must continue to support them in their fight for justice and dignity."

 

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