Adequate compensation sought for Rana Plaza victims

Staff Correspondent

Rana Plaza Garment Workers Union on Sunday forms a human chain in Dhaka demanding compensation according to ILO Convention 121 and urging for workplace safety. — New Age photo

Rana Plaza Garment Workers Union on Sunday forms a human chain in Dhaka demanding compensation according to ILO Convention 121 and urging for workplace safety. — New Age photo

Politicians and garment workers’ leaders on Sunday demanded exemplary punishment of the owners of Rana Plaza and other factories the collapsed building had housed.
Addressing a human chain in the city, Communist Party of Bangladesh adviser Manzurul Ahsan Khan said the government, garment factory owners and foreign buyers should raise the amount of compensation for the Rana Plaza victims and their families.
Activists of Rana Plaza Garment Sramik Union formed the human chain in front of the National Press Club in the morning to press for adequate compensation for the victims.
More than 1,100 people, most of them, female garment workers, were killed in the Rana Plaza collapse aat Savar a year ago.
Manzurul also demanded distribution of money from the prime minister’s fund raised for the Rana Plaza victims and compensations according to the International Labour Organisation law.
The owners of garment factories contributed a negligible amount to the fund, he said.
Bangladesh Trade Union Centre vice-president Mahbub Alam said that many of the Rana Plaza victims did not get sufficient compensations after even after the passage of one year.
Garment Trade Union Centre general secretary Kazi Ruhul Amin said that the families of the victims were facing an uncertain future.
The programme was also addressed, among others, by Rana Plaza Garment Sramik Union president Emdadul Islam and labour leaders Idris Ali and  KM Mintu.
The rally was followed by a protest procession, that paraded different city roads.

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