Thursday, 6 March 2014

Rana Plaza Anniversary: Firms Dodge Donations

IN another seven weeks, we mark the first anniversary of the building collapse at Rana Plaza, in Bangladesh. Over 1,100 people were killed in one of the worst industrial accidents in history.
As you may know, this was followed up by a ground-breaking agreement signed by global unions, local unions in Bangladesh, employers, major clothing brands, the International Labor Organization, the Bangladeshi government and others.

In addition to trying to ensure that the tragedy doesn't repeat itself, the employers also agreed to help compensate the injured and the families of those killed.

As the Clean Clothes Campaign put it, "The survivors and victims families have suffered enough and should not have to relive that horrible day without being secure that their financial losses at least are covered. They suffered terrible injuries, lost husbands and wives, children and parents, brothers and sisters; and will bear the physical and emotional scars for life. This can never be compensated for, but they can and should be compensated for loss of income and medical costs before the anniversary."
But among those companies which have not made public donations to the fund are these: 
Adler Modemrkte, Auchan, Ascena Retail, Benetton, C&A, Carrefour, Cato Fashions, Children's Place, Grabalok, Gueldenpfennig, Kids for Fashion, KiK, LPP, Manifattura Corona, Matalan, NKD, Premier Clothing, Primark, PWT, Walmart and Yes Zee.

IndustriALL, UNI Global Union and the Clean Clothes Campaign have launched an online campaign hosted by LabourStart to pressure those companies to pay compensation now.

Please sign up and send your message. And please spread the word about this very important campaign.

Meanwhile, halfway around the world in Peru, the government is attempting to privatize the country's water supply -- over the objections of citizens and the country's trade union movement. Those unions and their global union federation PSI have launched an online campaign demanding that Peru stop this privatization now. Please support the campaign and spread the word.

Thank you very much!

Labour Start.

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