Magazine article New Internationalist

Rana Plaza

Magazine article New Internationalist

Rana Plaza

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BANGLADESH

In a rare victory for workers' rights, all those affected by the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in 2013 will receive full compensation for loss of income and medical care.

The Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund - set up by the International Labour Organization in January 2014 to collect compensation for victims and their families - reached its funding target of $30 million in June, with a final, large, anonymous donation.

'This compensation will help each person to sustain their lives - enabling some to continue to send their kids to school, and at the very least, now noone will starve,' said Kalpona Akter, Executive Director of the Bangladesh Centre for Worker Solidarity.

The collapse of the Rana Plaza building in April 2013 was the worst industrial accident in the history of the garment industry, killing over 1,000 workers, many of whom were making clothes for Western retailers. …

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