Interview with Faisal Samad VP of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association.

Photo from Andrew Biraj for Reuters

Last week 'Fashion Revolution' was commemorated. The UK-based movement that originated after the collapse of the Rhana Plaza garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh on April 24, 2013. Thanks to the media, the unfortunate conditions in which women and especially girls and boys worked were discovered with horror. From the rubble, clothing labels from companies that subcontracted these factories were discovered. For a long time afterward, they were asked to give some form of financial relief to families who had lost loved ones. 1,134 people died.

Photo from Andrew Biraj for Reuters

The Rhana Plaza tragedy is considered the deadliest structural failure accident in modern history and the deadliest garment factory disaster in history. The story is that the day before the collapse, workers complained that there were cracks in the eight-story building where they worked. The factory owners took employees out to inspect the building, the owners forced their employees to enter the next day by threatening to withhold wages, the employees returned and the building collapsed in the morning just at rush hour.

The Pandemic has only made worse all these conditions as millions of workers are without a job as a result of lockdown restrictions and already 6 Billion USD have been cancelled in orders from western companies.

Check out our interview with Faisal Samad, VP of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association for an update of the situation.

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