TUC also calls for an end to widespread violence against trade unions in Bangladesh

Tim Lezard Asia, UK, Health and Safety

Bangladesh Rana Plaza missing textilesThe TUC is today – the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh – calling for urgent action on widespread violence against trade unions in Bangladesh and unpaid compensation to the victims of Rana Plaza.

Prior to the disaster, workers at Rana Plaza were too afraid to speak out over safety concerns. Two years on, workers continue to face beating and dismissal when they call for safer factories through a union.

This is due to the failure of the Bangladesh government to reform the labour law and multinational garment companies failing to uphold labour standards in factories in Bangladesh where they source garments. According to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) there have been serious acts of anti-trade union violence in over 45 factories with newly registered unions.

The victims of Rana Plaza also continue to wait for full compensation for the disaster, with an estimated $6m still outstanding from the Rana Plaza Donors’ Trust Fund.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Two years after 1129 workers died in the Rana Plaza factory collapse, not enough has been done to make sure that such terrible events never happen again.

“Workers must be able to join a union without fear of attack, and companies must accept their moral duty to provide compensation to all workers harmed in their global supply chains.”

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