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Friday, April 24, 2015

GMB Call On Second Anniversary Of Bangladesh Rana Plaza Disaster For Firms Yet To Pay Compensation To Do So Without Further Delays

Call that labour-standard should be improved with free trade unions and repression on workers should be stopped and living wage should be paid to workers for the interest of the garment industry in Bangladesh endorsed by GMB.

GMB endorse the call made by Amirul Haque Amin, President, National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF) in Bangladesh on the second anniversary of Rana Plaza disaster that companies yet to pay into the compensation fund do so without delay.

Amirul Haque Amin was speaking at the 'sit-in demonstration' staged by Rana Plaza victims' orphan children in front of the National Press Club in the Dhaka city on April 24th to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of Rana Plaza disaster. See notes to editors for copy of NGWF press statement and see picture of Rana Plaza victims' orphan children on GMB website www.gmb.org.uk .

Bert Schouwenburg, GMB International Officer, said “The 8-storied Rana Plaza building, which housed 5 garment factories, collapsed on April 24, 2013 killing 1,138 workers, mostly women, and injuring over 2,500.

This was worst industrial disaster of 21st century in the world. Hundreds of children lost both or either of their parents in the tragedy and are languishing in poverty and uncertainty as they have not yet received compensation.

GMB endorse the call that the labour-standard should be improved, free trade union rights should be given, repression on workers should be stopped and living wage should be given to the workers for the interest of the garment industry.

GMB agree with demands that the buyers (brands) to follow 'fair trade' practices and give 'fair price' to Bangladeshi garment products.”

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Contact Bert Schouwenburg 07974 251 764 or Kathleen Walker Shaw 07841 181 549 or GMB press office 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823.

Notes to editors

Copy of press statement made on April 24th 2015:

 From : Amirul Haque Amin : President : National Garment Workers Federation ( NGWF ), Bangladesh

Dear  friends, Greetings from NGWF.

Rana Plaza victims' orphan children staged symbolic sit-in demonstration in Dhaka city on 2 nd anniversary (April 24, 2015) of the Rana Plaza tragedy, They pleads "No more orphan among garment workers' children like us  for the negligence of factory owners, buyers, government & BGMEA."

Orphan children, who lost both or either of their parents, in Rana  Plaza building collapse and leaders of National Garment Workers Federation today (April 24, 2015) pleaded to all concerned that the Rana Plaza disaster be made the last accident in the RMG sector in  Bangladesh and that there should not be any more orphan among garment workers' children in the future for the negligence of buyers, factory owners, government and BGMEA. (Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association).

They made the appeal from a 'sit-in demonstration' staged by Rana Plaza victims' orphan children in front of the National Press Club in the Dhaka city to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of Rana Plaza disaster. National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF) organized the program with its President Amirul Haque Amin in the Chair.

The 8-storied Rana Plaza building, which housed 5 garment factories, collapsed on April 24, 2013 killing 1,138 workers, mostly women, and injuring over 2,500. This was worst industrial disaster of 21 st century in the world. Hundreds of children lost both or either of their parents in the tragedy and languishing in poverty and uncertainty as they did not yet received compensation.

The orphans and NGWF leaders appealed to the government, BGMEA, buyers and factory owners to take an effective concerted effort so that there is no repetition of Rana Plaza like disaster in the future.

They demanded of all the concerned to pay compensation to the families of dead workers, the injured, traumatized and victim workers immediately.

While delivering his presidential speech NGWF President Amirul Haque Amin was critical of the buyers, who used to source from Rana Plaza factories but did not yet paid contribution to the Rana Plaza Trust Fund. He mentioned that as per estimate of the ILOUS$ 40 million is needed for paying compensation to the Rana Plaza victims. Of the total amount, the Trust Fund is still short of US$ 5.5 million because all the buyers did not yet contributed money. He urged all those brands (buyers) to immediately pay donation to the Trust Fund.

"Otherwise, Bangladeshi garment workers will boycott all those buyers and will not stitch their cloths," Amin warned.

He urged all concerned, including the Bangladesh government, to take effective steps so that the injured victims of Rana Plaza could be provided advanced medical treatment to and they were rehabilitated and orphans are adequately supported to pursue their education for longer period and they were also rehabilitated.


The NGWF President made a clarion call to all concerned to support the current initiatives of ACCORD, Alliance & NAP in order to establish 'safe workplace' in all garment factories in Bangladesh. He urged the ministers concerned and leaders of the BGMEA to refrain
from making irresponsible statements, which might drive out the brands from Bangladesh.

Amin observed that the labour-standard should be improved, free trade union rights should be given, repression on workers should be stopped and living wage should be given to the workers for the interest of the garment industry.

He demanded of the buyers (brands) to follow 'fair trade' practices and give 'fair price' to Bangladeshi garment products

Front ranking women's leader & Workers Party Polite Bureau member Ms Hajera Sultana MP demanded of the government to compensation to Rana Plaza victims from the "Prime Minister's Special Funds on Rana Plaza." She urged women garment workers to get united to establish  equal rights of the women in the family, workplace, society and state.

Other speakers were Youth Alliance General Secretary Sabbah Ali Khan Collins, former President of Students Alliance Bappaditya Bose, NGWF  leaders, including General Secretary Ms Safia Parvin, Md Kabir Hossain, Ms Jasmine Aktar, Ms Nasima Aktar and injured Rana Plaza  victim Ms Shila Begum.

  Caption of picture as per serial  :
1 . Rana Plaza victim's orphans children are seen staging symbolic  sit in strike in front of national press club marking 2nd anniversary  of the tragedy. Program organized by National Garment workers  Federation (NGWF).
 

2-3. NGWF president Amirul Haque Amin is speaking at the sit-in  demonstration of the  Rana Plaza victim's orphans children on the 2nd  anniversary of the tragedy.

Thanks Press Secretary NGWF

 

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