Garment workers’ rights bodies today called for immediate compensation of Rana Plaza victims and swift punishment for the culprits behind the world’s biggest workplace disaster.
- “Mark Apr 24 as mass worker murder day”
- Call to declare Apr 24 RMG mourning day
- Masses pour in at Rana Plaza collapse site
- Human chains, protest rallies held
The calls were placed on the second anniversary of Rana Plaza collapse, world’s worst workplace disaster, that killed over 1,100 people and injured double as many others.
Demonstrators at the site in Savar held protest rallies or human chains demanding punishment of the culprits to blame, including the building owner Sohel Rana.
Among those workers’ rights groups demonstrating at the collapse site were: Garment Workers Trade Union Centre, Garment Workers Federation, Bangladesh Garments and Industrial Federation and Garment Sromik Oikyo Forum.
Programmes began centering the Shaheed Bedi, put up in remembrance of the deadly incident, from around 8:00am today.
Hundreds of people swarmed the place demonstrating or protesting. Demonstrators yielded placards demanding compensation for the victims of Rana Plaza.
Among them, four political organisations Jatiyo Mukti Council, Naya Gonotantrik Gonomorcha, Jatiyo Gonotantrik Gonomancha and Jatiyo Gonofront placed forth a banner urging all to mark Apr 24 as a day garment workers were mass murdered.