The appalling tragedy of the garment factory collapse at Rana Plaza in Bangladesh is yet another reminder of how thousands of a garment workers’ health and lives are put at risk in the relentless pursuit of profit.
Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary, said
“The Bangladesh government must face up to its responsibilities to protect people from exploitation, ensure safe workplaces and support workers who want to join unions. But the commercial pressures from multinationals who continually seek to drive down costs, cut corners and speed up production times are also responsible. Workers did not want to enter the Rana Plaza building this week, but without a union, the company bosses were able to force them to enter a death-trap,”
Amirul Haque Amin, President of the National Garment Workers Federation in Bangladesh, said “This negligence must stop. The deaths of these workers could have been avoided if multinational corporations, governments and factory owners took workers’ protection seriously.”
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