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La mère de Poly Akhter, Shahana (38 ans), pleure sa fille. Son autre fille, Dalia, travaillait également dans le complexe industriel mais ne s’est pas rendue au travail le jour de l’effondrement. Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 1er juin 2013. Crédit : Taslima Akhter.

 

Le 24 avril 2013, le Rana Plaza s’est effondré, piégeant des
milliers de personnes dans les débris. Cette tragédie a fait plus
de 1 13
8 morts et des milliers de blessés. Il s’agit de la pire catastrophe de l’industrie du vêtement, et elle aurait très bien pu être évitée.

 

Menacés de perdre leurs salaires, des travailleuses et
travailleurs ont été contraints à pénétrer dans l’immeuble en
sachant que celui-ci n’était pas sécuritaire. Nous ne pourrons
jamais oublier ce désastre ni les vies perdues et bouleversées.
Nous voulons montrer au monde entier que ces personnes ne seront
jamais oubliées. En souvenir du Rana Plaza, nous transmettrons vos
messages à la mémoire des victimes.

La mère de Rina (18 ans), travailleuse disparue, attend toujours sa fille disparue devant la barricade. Les débris de l’effondrement se trouvent de l’autre côté de la barricade. Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 24 juillet 2013. Crédit : Taslima Akhter.

 

Nous voulons aussi nous assurer qu’une catastrophe pareille ne se reproduira jamais. L’Accord sur les incendies et la sécurité des bâtiments au Bangladesh est né du constat que l’effondrement de l’immeuble aurait pu être évité. Plus de 200 marques signataires se sont engagées à améliorer les pratiques en matière de sécurité au travail dans ce pays. Selon l’entente, les syndicats peuvent poursuivre les marques devant les tribunaux si elles ne tiennent pas leur promesse. Ce programme a permis de rendre 1600 usines plus sécuritaires pour deux millions de personnes salariées. Plusieurs intervenants se sont battus longuement et farouchement pour la signature d’un nouvel Accord international qui permette de préserver le travail accompli au Bangladesh et de l’étendre dans d’autres pays, en commençant par le Pakistan cette année. Nous devons maintenant veiller à ce que toutes les marques le signent et à ce qu’un nouvel accord tout aussi solide entre en vigueur à l’échéance du programme actuel, en octobre 2023.

On 24 April 2013, the Rana Plaza building collapsed with thousands of people inside. At least 1,138 people died and thousands more were injured. This is the worst industrial disaster the garment industry has ever seen and it was entirely preventable. Workers were forced to enter a building they knew was unsafe under threat of losing their wages. We can never forget this terrible disaster and the people whose lives were ended and upended by it. We want to show to the world that they are not forgotten. We remember Rana Plaza here, by sharing your messages in their memory.

Poly Akhter’s mother, Shahana (38), grieves for her. Her other daughter, Dalia, also worked in the factory complex but did not go to work on the day of the collapse. Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 1st June 2013. Credit Taslima Akhter.
Missing worker Rina’s (18) mother still waits for her missing daughter in front of the barricade. Debris of collapse is on the other side of the barricade. Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 24th July 2013. Credit Taslima Akhter.
We also want to make sure that a tragedy like Rana Plaza can never happen again. After the collapse, the realisation that this could and should have been prevented led to the creation of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. Over 200 brands signed a contract to commit to improving workplace safety in Bangladesh. Under this contract brands can be sued in court by unions if they break their promise. This programme has made over 1600 factories safer for two million workers. It took long and hard campaigning from many stakeholders to ensure a new International Accord was signed that preserves the work in Bangladesh and allows for expansion to other countries, to start with Pakistan. Now we need to ensure that all brands sign this agreement and that a new and equally strong agreement comes in its place when this programme runs out in October 2023.

Ligne du temps des évènements

L’effondrement du Rana Plaza a marqué un tournant dans le secteur de la confection au Bangladesh et dans le monde de l’habillement. Toutefois, de nombreuses évolutions avaient déjà commencé plusieurs années auparavant, et tout ce qui a changé n’a pas été pour le mieux. Voir la ligne du temps au complet pour en savoir plus.

Rana Plaza collapse

On 23 April 2013 large structural cracks were discovered in the Rana Plaza building. The shops and the bank on the lower floors immediately closed. But warnings to avoid using the building were ignored by the garment factory owners of 5 factories on the upper floors. Garment workers were ordered to return to work the following day. If there would have been unions in these factories which could have collectively voiced the right to refuse unsafe work, or if workers would not have been earning poverty wages, they might not have entered the factory under threat of losing one month of wages. Poverty wages, lack of freedom of association and in some cases actual violence meant workers felt forced to enter an unsafe building. The building collapsed just an hour later, killing 1,138 people. The incident could have been entirely avoidable.

First brands sign the Bangladesh Accord

Over 30 brands, including the previous signatories PVH and Tchibo and new major sign ons like H&M, Inditex, C&A, Primark, and Benetton, signed what was now called the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. This groundbreaking binding agreement, in which unions have 50% of the say and can hold brands legally accountable if they don’t live up to their promises, went into effect immediately. Eventually, over 220 brands would sign on to this initial 5-year programme which would be renewed in 2018, making more than 1600 factories in Bangladesh safer for over 2.5 million workers. Read more about the history of how the Accord came about.

30 million USD collected to fill Rana Plaza trust fund

After over two years of campaigning in June 2015 finally the 30 million USD needed to compensate the Rana Plaza families had come together. Between March 2014 and October 2015, the Rana Plaza Arrangement distributed these 30 million USD directly to the Rana Plaza families, with a further 1 million USD paid to cover ongoing medical costs.

Ligne du temps des évènements

L’effondrement du Rana Plaza a marqué un tournant dans le secteur de la confection au Bangladesh et dans le monde de l’habillement. Toutefois, de nombreuses évolutions avaient déjà commencé plusieurs années auparavant, et tout ce qui a changé n’a pas été pour le mieux. Voir la ligne du temps au complet pour en savoir plus.

April 24, 2013

Rana Plaza collapse

On 23 April 2013 large structural cracks were discovered in the Rana Plaza building. The shops and the bank on the lower floors immediately closed. But warnings to avoid using the building were ignored by the garment factory owners of 5 factories on the upper floors. Garment workers were ordered to return to work the following day. If there would have been unions in these factories which could have collectively voiced the right to refuse unsafe work, or if workers would not have been earning poverty wages, they might not have entered the factory under threat of losing one month of wages. Poverty wages, lack of freedom of association and in some cases actual violence meant workers felt forced to enter an unsafe building. The building collapsed just an hour later, killing 1,138 people. The incident could have been entirely avoidable.

Rana Plaza collapse

On 23 April 2013 large structural cracks were discovered in the Rana Plaza building. The shops and the bank on the lower floors immediately closed. But warnings to avoid using the building were ignored by the garment factory owners of 5 factories on the upper floors. Garment workers were ordered to return to work the following day. If there would have been unions in these factories which could have collectively voiced the right to refuse unsafe work, or if workers would not have been earning poverty wages, they might not have entered the factory under threat of losing one month of wages. Poverty wages, lack of freedom of association and in some cases actual violence meant workers felt forced to enter an unsafe building. The building collapsed just an hour later, killing 1,138 people. The incident could have been entirely avoidable.

May 15, 2013

First brands sign the Bangladesh Accord

Over 30 brands, including the previous signatories PVH and Tchibo and new major sign ons like H&M, Inditex, C&A, Primark, and Benetton, signed what was now called the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. This groundbreaking binding agreement, in which unions have 50% of the say and can hold brands legally accountable if they don’t live up to their promises, went into effect immediately. Eventually, over 220 brands would sign on to this initial 5-year programme which would be renewed in 2018, making more than 1600 factories in Bangladesh safer for over 2.5 million workers. Read more about the history of how the Accord came about.

First brands sign the Bangladesh Accord

Over 30 brands, including the previous signatories PVH and Tchibo and new major sign ons like H&M, Inditex, C&A, Primark, and Benetton, signed what was now called the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. This groundbreaking binding agreement, in which unions have 50% of the say and can hold brands legally accountable if they don’t live up to their promises, went into effect immediately. Eventually, over 220 brands would sign on to this initial 5-year programme which would be renewed in 2018, making more than 1600 factories in Bangladesh safer for over 2.5 million workers. Read more about the history of how the Accord came about.

June 1, 2015

30 million USD collected to fill Rana Plaza trust fund

After over two years of campaigning in June 2015 finally the 30 million USD needed to compensate the Rana Plaza families had come together. Between March 2014 and October 2015, the Rana Plaza Arrangement distributed these 30 million USD directly to the Rana Plaza families, with a further 1 million USD paid to cover ongoing medical costs.

30 million USD collected to fill Rana Plaza trust fund

After over two years of campaigning in June 2015 finally the 30 million USD needed to compensate the Rana Plaza families had come together. Between March 2014 and October 2015, the Rana Plaza Arrangement distributed these 30 million USD directly to the Rana Plaza families, with a further 1 million USD paid to cover ongoing medical costs.

Le mur de la honte

Les marques qui ne se soucient pas de la sécurité des travailleuses et travailleurs

Envoyez un courriel aux marques

Faites entendre votre voix : envoyez un message aux marques pour qu’elles PROTÈGENT LES TRAVAILLEUSES ET TRAVAILLEURS. Écrivez votre message dans l’encadré suivant ou copiez et collez ce qui suit : Je vous exhorte à signer l’Accord international pour veiller à ce que les usines auprès desquelles vous vous approvisionnez au Bangladesh soient sécuritaires. Bon nombre de vos concurrents l’ont déjà fait et il est temps que vous aussi protégiez la vie de vos travailleuses et travailleurs.

Diaporama commémoratif

Qu’est-ce que l’Accord international?

L’accord juridiquement contraignant sur les incendies et la sécurité des bâtiments au Bangladesh (l’« Accord du Bangladesh »), conclu entre les détaillants de vêtements et les syndicats, a grandement contribué à la sécurité des travailleuses et travailleurs depuis l’effondrement du Rana Plaza, le 24 avril 2013. Par le passé, les initiatives volontaires n’ont pas suffi pour prévenir des catastrophes. L’Accord continue donc de revêtir une énorme importance depuis la mise en place du programme il y a plusieurs années. Le troisième mandat de l’entente, soit l’Accord international sur la santé et la sécurité dans l’industrie du textile et de la confection, est entré en vigueur le 1er septembre 2021. L’Accord international s’étendra au moins à un autre pays avant sa date de clôture. Un programme d’accord au Pakistan a été annoncé en décembre 2022.

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