Attempted Change in the Garment Industry: Bangladesh
Bangladesh is well known as an international garment producer, with 4.2 million people employed by the industry, many working in factories to sew apparel for overseas brands. But in 2013, the nation was shocked by an accident in which the collapse of an illegally expanded building holding several factories claimed more than 1,100 lives. The incident drew worldwide criticism and caused safety regulations to be imposed. Now caught between strict regulations, rising costs and the constant demand for lower prices from overseas buyers, factory owners and their employees find it hard to earn a living.
The collapse of the Rana Plaza building housing garment factories claimed over 1,100 lives in 2013
On April 24, 2023, victims and surviving families held a memorial marking 10 years since the accident
A factory owner and his staff considering price demands from an overseas buyer
On May Day, workers hold a rally asking for higher wages and better work environments