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Ten years ago today, apparel companies, forced into action by the Rana Plaza factory collapse, finally signed a binding agreement with local and global union federations, and civil society organizations as witnesses to protect Bangladeshi garment workers. Now the third iteration of the programme is supported by almost 200 brands and the life-saving work is expanding to Pakistan. Yet there are still brands who will not support factory safety with the proven industry's best standard.
Today (May 11th), as adidas holds their annual general meeting (AGM) for shareholders, activists are uniting globally to call on the sportswear giant to go beyond corporate posturing and take real steps to protect workers’ rights by signing the legally-binding Pay Your Workers Agreement.
On this day ten years ago, the Rana Plaza building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which housed several shops, a bank and five garment factories, collapsed. At least 1,138 people were killed and thousands more suffered often life-changing injuries.On this day, our thoughts are with all those who mourn loved ones lost in the collapse and all those who lived through this man-made tragedy, made all the more devastating because it could and should have been avoided.
Today marks the 8th anniversary of the Jaba Garmindo factory bankruptcy in Indonesia and the former workers (who produced for Uniqlo and s.Oliver, among others) are still fighting for $5.4 million legally owed to them in severance pay.