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Rana Plaza Disaster

ILO hands Tk 12.7cr in Rana Plaza compensation

The International Labour Organisation has so far disbursed Tk 12.7 crore in compensation to 1,496 victims of the Rana Plaza disaster. The money was disbursed in two batches from the ILO-managed Rana Plaza Trust Fund in September, said Srinivasa Reddy, country director of the ILO in Bangladesh. The committee of the fund has identified 2,848 victims for compensations. “ILO will disburse compensation to 858 victims in the third batch next week,” Reddy told The Daily Star. “The fourth and last batch will...

Accord seeks short-term funds for inspections

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety, the platform of mainly European-based retailers, has called on its 178 signatories to provide additional short-term funding to meet its target of inspecting 1,500 factories by September. Subsequently, the retailers have been asked to contribute $16 million this year, up from $9.2 million last year. “We are confident however, that a reduction in member's contributions in the latter years of the Accord five-year agreement will compensate for this additional short-term funding requirement,” said the...

EU worried at state of human rights

The European Union has expressed concern about the human rights situation in Bangladesh and called for bringing the perpetrators to book through proper investigation into each of the allegations of such violation. "We take a serious view of the violation of human rights and we want thorough investigation into each of the violations and bring perpetrators to justice," said Ugo Astuto, director, South and South-East Asia of European External Action Service. Talking to The Daily Star and two other dailies at...

RMG exports defy odds

RMG exports defy odds

Garment exports continue to go from strength-to-strength one year after the Rana Plaza disaster, rising 17.79 percent year-on-year in April to $1.92 billion. It fetched $19.97 billion in the first ten months of the fiscal year, up 15.37 percent year-on-year, according to data from Export Promotion Bureau. Shahidullah Azim, vice-president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and...

STRAIGHT LINE

Colossal tragedy and corporate liability

THE fact that the Rana Plaza tragedy took away more than 1100 unsuspecting lives on April 24, 2013 and that the nation is yet to witness manifest punishment of those responsible for criminally negligent acts strikes at the base of our civilised existence. Financial compensations and efforts to rehabilitate mentally and physically shocked workers may cause some relief, but effective punitive measures with a view to deterring the potential offenders from causing such ghastly mischief are not in sight. It...

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,...

Crisis seen as opportunity

The word crisis when written in Chinese is composed of two characters -- one represents danger and the other represents opportunity. The narrative of the country's garment sector following the Rana Plaza collapse last year could best be summed up by it. The catastrophe, which claimed at least 1,135 lives and injured about 2,500, drew scorn from around the world, and the sector seemed to be on the brink of a pitfall. But, remarkably, the harrowing debris of the eight-storey building...

Nightmares haunt them

It has been a year since Rana Plaza collapsed but nightmares still haunt the survivors. Sajal Das survived the collapse with severe injuries. The 26-year-old tried hard to rebuild his life in the apparel sector but the life-changing injuries and the psychological trauma he had sustained got in the way. "After the collapse, I made three attempts to work in a garment factory, but could not continue. Neither my health, nor my mental condition would let me work for hours. Whenever I...

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...

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