More than 16 months have passed since 1,134 workers were killed and more than 2,500 were injured in the collapse of Rana Plaza, a garment factory in Bangladesh.
Unifor, along with 50 human rights and social justice organizations, has released an open letter calling on the Canadian government to publicly urge companies who source apparel from factories in Bangladesh to contribute to a trust fund for the victims and their families.
To date, only half of the $40 million needed to provide for families facing abject poverty has been raised and only one Canadian company, Loblaws, has contributed to the fund.
“The main thing we can do as individuals is to be more aware of the products we buy,” said Randy Kitt, President of Unifor Local 79M and a member of the union’s delegation to Bangladesh. “Tell companies with your dollars and your choices that workers’ rights are not optional and that people have to come before profits.”
For more information and to take action, visit www.maquilasolidarity.org