Rana Plaza working conditions
Back in 2013 when the Rana Plaza building collapsed and took with it the lives of several underpaid and underappreciated Bangladeshi workers, the world believed that things would change for the better but have Rana Plaza working conditions really altered?High profits
The fact is that little or nothing has changed since the April 2013 tragedy. Factory owners in Bangladesh continue to make the majority of the profits without sharing that wealth with their workers who understand that without the sort of labour on offer from these jobs, they and their families would starve.
The Rana Plaza building houses five factories that provide work for 3,639 workers who make clothes for US, European and Canadian retailers and clothing brands. A staggering 80% of the workers are women aged between 18 and 20 years old. The standard shift is 13 to 14 hours, meaning something like 90 to 100 hours a week are spent at work. This gives the workers just two days a month off. Their only other option is to not work and beg on the streets or simply stave to death.
From a Western point of view, we’re still getting cheap garments thanks to the low wages given under privileged people in Bangladesh. The country’s government are making sure that its people has work even if it’s terrible and the clothing brand owners are sitting back reaping the rewards without lifting a finger or feeling the effects of any negative publicity.
There’s a false belief that Bangladesh is simply behind the West and will catch up in time. With that mind set you’ll believe that safe working conditions, the elimination of child labour, the five-day week, the provision of education, healthcare and social security will naturally follow. But those things were fought for by generations of Europeans.