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1,600 Bangladeshi garment workers on hunger strike for more than a week have called for a strike at garment factories across the country on 10 August if outstanding salaries and bonuses are not paid.
The Bangladesh government must dramatically increase efforts to create a safe and sustainable garment industry, says IndustriALL Global Union in the wake of a damning evaluation of the Sustainability Compact.
As Sweden is gearing up for EU elections in a few days and national elections in September, IndustriALL affiliate IF Metall took to their congress in Stockholm to discuss the labour market, salaries and social security. The Swedish union also called upon the Turkish government to take swift action against the mining tragedy in Soma.
One year ago today on 15 May 2013 history was made when a ground-breaking agreement brokered by IndustriALL Global Union and Uni Global Union to make a safer garment industry in Bangladesh was signed by 17 clothing brands.
On May Day, IndustriALL Global Union affiliates around the world celebrated the international workers' day.
Rana Plaza survivor, Jesmin Akter, was forced to go to work by her supervisor, despite being scared for her life by the large crack in the eight-story garment factory building.
IndustriALL Global Union, which is fighting for compensation for Rana Plaza victims and their families, speaks to Rehana Khartun, who had both her legs amputated after being trapped in the factory collapse in Bangladesh on 24 April 2013. Listen to her story.
A year after one of the deadliest industrial accidents in history, multinational clothing brands are failing to meet the US$40 million target to pay fair compensation to the victims of the Rana Plaza disaster.
Jyrki Raina, general secretary of IndustriALL Global Union, speaks on the anniversary of the catastrophic collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory building complex in Bangladesh. The industrial homicide on 24 April 2013 took the lives of at least 1,138 people and injured 2000 more. Find out what has changed and what needs to change.
Mojtaba Kazazi is in charge of administering compensation to Rana Plaza victims. Find out how and when it will be paid.
An exploding gas cylinder at the Arafin Enterprise shipbreaking yard in Sitakunda, Bangladesh, resulted in the death of four workers after inhaling carbon dioxide on 3 April. Another three workers are hospitalized with injuries.
Two weeks before the first anniversary of the devastating building collapse, clothing brands contributions to Donor Trust Fund remain shockingly low.
Better news from Bangladesh: the Rana Plaza Trust Fund launches payments to victims, Accord inspections are advancing at fast pace, and garment unions plan to organize tens of thousands of new members in 2014.
The 3,600 workers and families owed compensation from the Rana Plaza collapse a year ago will finally be able to claim payment as of 24 March. An advance payment of 50,000 BDT (US$650) will be made to every beneficiary before the one-year anniversary on 24 April.
Golgar Hussein, General Secretary of the Berger Paint Bangladesh Employees’ Union was sacked on 4 December 2013 for his trade union activities. IndustriALL and BCEF’s immediate intervention has not yet achieved his reinstatement. The action continues.
· 24th March announced as launch date for processing claims · Primark called upon to urgently pay into the Rana Plaza Trust Fund
It is crunch time now for the Rana Plaza compensation fund. The one-year anniversary of the mass industrial homicide is fast approaching. IndustriALL, UNI, Clean Clothes Campaign and LabourStart have launched an online petition calling on brands to pay now.
Jyrki Raina, General Secretary of IndustriALL Global Union, describes his experience about an inspiring and energetic series of trips to Asia.
The one-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza industrial homicide is approaching on 24 April. Only four brands have joined the Rana Plaza Arrangement, an ILO-led initiative to pay compensation to the injured and victims’ families.
The technical team of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, signed between IndustriALL, UNI Global Union and more than 120 global garment companies, has finalized the standards to be used for factory inspections.
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