Solidarity with Bangladesh Garment Workers
Friday, April 24 is the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory building collapse in Bangladesh. The death toll was 1,129. Over 2,500 were injured when an eight-story building of garment sweatshops collapsed. Five months earlier the Tazreen Fashion Factory fire killed 123 workers and injured 150.These disasters exposed Bangladesh’s horrendous working conditions.
Major U.S. garment retailers, such as Children’s Place, GAP, Sears, Vans and Wal-Mart, produce clothing at Rana Plaza and Tazreen. These retail giants reap enormous profit by paying 3 million women garment workers the lowest wages in the world. ($25 @ month)
Since these disasters, despite international appeals, major U.S. corporations still refuse to sign contracts protecting workers safety.
A Rana Plaza Trust Fund was set up to cover $40 million in needed hospital care and insurance to families. But the retail giants do not yet fund this Trust Fund for the workers. No funds have been set up for the Tazreen fire victims or the many other factory accidents and injuries. , This is a criminal denial of responsibility to the workers.
“No worker, anywhere, should have to endure the horrid working conditions, unconscionably low wages, theft and threats to their lives that our sisters in Bangladesh endure. Workers must be compensated and protected. The time for action is now.”
–Mazeda Uddin of the Alliance of South Asian American Labor – ASAAL