BENEFITING: International Labor Rights Forum
More than 401 people are dead, with hundreds more missing and over 1000 more injured, in the wake of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 25 April 2013.
To show your solidarity, please:
- SIGN THIS PETITION, calling on global retailers to sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement, and
- SHARE this page with friends, family, and co-workers.
About Rana Plaza
Rana Plaza held garment sweatshops that produced clothing for global brands. This is the deadliest accident in the history of the global garment industry. This campaign aims to raise funds for the Rana Plaza workers and their families, and to build pressure on retailers to sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement.
The Human Cost of Fast Fashion
This was only the latest in a series of factory fires and collapsed buildings in Bangladesh that have killed over 900 workers since 2005, and injured thousands more. Big retailers in the US and Europe have pointed fingers at local sub-contractors, but WalMart, the Gap, H&M, and other global brands arrive in Bangladesh demanding the lowest possible price, forcing local producers to cut costs in building maintenance, safety and wages. These companies need to be held accountable for refusing to pay compensation to victims, and for ignoring known solutions to preventing murders in their supply chains.
To show your solidarity:
1. Donate whatever you can. All donations will go to the International Labor Rights Forum, and will be used to support Rana Plaza workers and their families.
2. SIGN this petition, calling on global retailers to sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement: http://action.laborrights.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6280
3. Share this page with your friends, family, and co-workers.
This campaign was created to support workers fighting for safe working conditions and living wages in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is the second largest producer of garments in a trillion dollar global industry. The collapse of Rana Plaza brought thousands of workers, their families, and supporters to the streets demanding justice. A coalition of NGOs and workers organizations have been calling for multinationals to join the Bangladesh Building Safety Agreement that would establish independent monitoring, workplace safety committees, and address basic fire prevention strategies. So far, only two companies (Philips van Huesen, which represents brands such as Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger; and German-based Tchibo) have signed on, while the majority refuse. Companies like Walmart defy any attempt by workers to have a voice in ensuring workplace safety in Bangladesh. They deflect criticism by promising self-regulation and investing in public relations-driven charity.
COMPANIES WHO HAVE NOT SIGNED THE FIRE SAFETY AGREEMENT
- The Children’s Place
- JC Penney
- Dress Barn
- Joe Fresh
- The Gap
- Sean Jean
As well as many European and Canadian retailers such as Primark, Matalan, Bonmarche, Cato Fashions, Loblaws and El Corte Inglés.
For more info, see http://www.laborrights.org. Thank you.