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Rana Plaza Building Collapse

Exports continue to stutter

Exports continue to stutter

Exports dropped slightly in September from a year ago, which, analysts say, is a first sign of the long-term impacts of last year's drawn-out political unrest and Rana Plaza building collapse. “We are starting to see the impact of last year's events now,” said Atiqul Islam, president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters...

Garment exports to US fall 1.12pc

Apparel exports to the US fell 1.12 percent to $2.18 billion in the first five months of 2014 from the same period last year, according to the US Department of Commerce. Garment exporters attributed the sluggish trend to fallout from the Rana Plaza building collapse and political turmoil that struck Bangladesh last year. Some retailers may shift focus from Bangladesh to other destinations, said Atiqul Islam, president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association. Bangladesh's exports to the US may rebound by...

Bangladesh looks for 29 cents

A year on from the April 24, 2013, Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, the world's attention largely seems to have shifted away from the problems in the garment industry that were exposed by the tragedy. There has been some tentative progress to improve conditions for workers. But serious challenges remain if the 1,132 deaths in that accident aren't to be in vain, let alone repeated. The government in Dhaka and the foreign retailers who buy garments from Bangladesh have...

RMG industry: Post-Rana Plaza

IT is more than one year now since the horrific Rana Plaza disaster that claimed at least 1,135 lives and left hundreds more missing, wounded or incapacitated. The scale and gravity of the disaster generated a chorus of condemnations from all around the world and mobilised global opinion to revamp and improve building structures and working conditions within the industry. It was a wake-up call! International Labour Organisation (ILO), in this regard, acted quickly and negotiated, within the first ten...

Global rally for victims of industrial tragedy

Global rally for victims of industrial tragedy

Hundreds of thousands of people around the world yesterday mourned the garment workers who died in the Rana Plaza disaster one year ago. They also called upon retailers to be more transparent about their supply chains and compensate the victims and their families. In Paris, people wore funeral shrouds and held placards reading the names,...

Editorial

One year after Rana Plaza

TODAY we take stock of what has happened over the course of a year since the tragedy of the Rana Plaza collapse that killed more than 1,100 people and disabled scores of others. On the bright side, we see the labour law amended paving the way for union formation in the garments sector (RMG). A minimum wage scale of Tk5,300 has been agreed upon and is being implemented in phases and steps have been taken to recruit factory inspectors....

ONE YEAR OF RANA PLAZA TRAGEDY

Honouring the victims by transforming the RMG sector

Honouring the victims by transforming the RMG sector

ON this day one year ago, horror struck the nation and world. On this day one year ago, Rana Plaza collapsed … and with it thousands of beautiful lives and families were destroyed; the Bangladesh garment industry's reputation was deeply tarnished; the world saw what happens when companies make profits at the risk...

ONE YEAR OF RANA PLAZA TRAGEDY

Changing workers' lives

AS we all know too well, April 24 is a day that changed Bangladesh forever. The women and men who lost their lives or suffered devastating injuries at Rana Plaza one year ago today were doing what so many dream of doing -- they were earning a living and securing a brighter future for themselves and their families.  That this dream turned to a nightmare for so many makes the story all the more tragic. The collapse at Rana Plaza...

ONE YEAR OF RANA PLAZA TRAGEDY

Business as usual?

ONE year has passed since 1135 garment workers lost their lives and more than 2500 people were injured in the Rana Plaza industrial disaster -- only five months after a fire at Tazreen factory had killed 112 workers. These accidents sent shockwaves around the world. For years Bangladeshi trade unionists, together with their comrades in the international labour movement, had voiced their concerns about the safety risks in some factories of the readymade garment (RMG) sector. Yet, it took...

Improve standards in apparel factories

Improve standards in apparel factories

Bangladesh is well known for producing low-priced apparel items across the world. But just being price competitive is not enough to win the hearts of the European consumers, especially after the fire at Tazreen Fashions and Rana Plaza building collapse that took the lives of at least 1,247 workers and injured more than...

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