24 April 2023 marks the 10 year anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The disaster was the one of the worst industrial incidents in history, and killed 1,138 people, mostly women garment workers, and injured over 2,500 others. Major fashion brands sourced garments from factories housed in the building.
In the years prior to the Rana Plaza disaster, over 900 workers died in dozens of other garment factory incidents in Bangladesh including the factory fire at Tazreen Fashions in 2012 that killed 112 workers. Unions in Bangladesh had called for better safety measures for years.
10 years on from Rana Plaza, we ask what progress has been made? What impact have The Accords had for women in the garment industry? What more must we do, particularly in Australia?
Join Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA, the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Sector of the CFMEU Manufacturing Division, Action Aid Australia, Ethical Clothing Australia and We Are Union - Women to commemorate the workers killed and learn what we can all do to ensure all garment workers in Australia and Bangladesh realise their right to a safe workplace.
- Michele O'Neil - President, Australian Council of Trade Unions
- Jenny Kruschel - Textile, Clothing and Footwear National Secretary of the CFMEU Manufacturing Division
- Tamazer Ahmed - Women’s Rights and Gender Equity Manager, Action Aid Bangladesh
- Rachel Reilly - National Manager, Ethical Clothing Australia.
Places limited. Registration essential.
When: Monday 24 April 2023, 5.30pm