Five years after the Rana Plaza disaster, Bangladesh-born British member of parliament Rushanara Ali has described what happened as not an accident but a man-made disaster.
She was speaking at a panel debate at the Houses of Parliament focused on improvements for women workers in the fashion industry, five years on from Rana Plaza on Monday, reported The Guardian.
The Labour lawmaker directed the majority of her criticism towards fashion brands using factories and buildings such as Rana Plaza.
Considering the profits these companies were making, they were paying the workers a pittance, she said.
We have to pay more and brands have to pay more. Despite improvements, workers in Bangladesh were paid less than $ 68 pound a month, less than half their counterparts in Vietnam, she said.
The Labour MP expressed concerns over companies moving work from one country to another that was yet to be under the spotlight. Boycotting [things] would make matters worse, she said.
On April 24, 2013, Rana Plaza, an illegally constructed building at Savar housing five garment factories, came down crashing, killing 1,175 people and injuring over 2,000 others.
It was widely considered to be the deadliest unintended structural failure of modern times.
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