Workers call for maximum punishment to people responsible for Rana Plaza collapse

New Age Online
— Sourav Losker

— Sourav Losker

Different organisations of apparel workers on Friday iterated their demands including the maximum punishment for people responsible for collapse of Rana Plaza including its owner Sohel Rana after two years of the deadliest workplace disaster.
On the morning of April 24, 2013, the eight-storey Rana Plaza, which had housed five clothing factories, a shopping mall and a bank, came crashing down, leaving at least 1,135 people dead, mostly female apparel workers and about 2,000 injured.
After the disaster, the police filed a case against Sohel Rana, and the owners of the five clothing factories housed in the building.
The workers demanded to declare April 24 as the state mourning day for garments workers, compensating the victims’ families with at least Tk 48 lakh that equals to lifelong earning to the deceased, missing and permanent disabled workers, rehabilitation for the injured workers and arrangement of treatment for them, to ensure security in work places, and to build colony for the workers and a memorial on the place of deadly incident by forfeiting the property of Rana Plaza.
Masses pour in at Rana Plaza collapse site to mark the day forming human chains and holding rallies.
They called for observing April 24 as ‘mass worker murder day’ and declaring April 24 national mourning day for apparel sector.
Among those workers’ rights groups demonstrating at the collapse site were: Garment Workers Trade Union Centre, Garment Workers Federation, Bangladesh Garments and Industrial Federation and Garment Sramik Oikya Forum.
Programmes began centering the monument, put up in remembrance of the deadly incident, since morning.
Hundreds of people swarmed the place demonstrating or protesting. Demonstrators yielded placards demanding compensation for the victims of Rana Plaza.
Among them, four political organisations Jatiya Mukti Council, Naya Ganatantrik Ganamorcha, Jatiya Ganatantrik Ganamancha and Jatiya Ganafront placed forth a banner urging all to mark Apr 24 as a day garment workers were mass murdered.
In the capital, several groups went out on demonstrations in front of National Press Club.

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