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Five years after the Rana Plaza collapse, garment workers fight for justice



On this edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about what happened after the Rana Plaza disaster. It’s been five years since 1,134 people died in that garment factory collapse in Bangladesh. What’s changed?


Activists around the world pushed manufacturers to sign on to agreements to improve safety oversight. They also demanded financial support for the affected families who lost loved ones or who suffered serious health complications. What has changed since the deadly collapse and how are workers and activists reflecting?


Monika Hartsel, program officer for Asia at The Solidarity Center

Judy Gearhart, executive director of the International Labor Rights Forum

Farah Kabir, country director of ActionAid in Bangladesh

Laura Gutierrez, Bangladesh field director for the Worker Rights Consortium

Web Resources:

PBS: 5 years after the world’s largest garment factory collapse, is safety in Bangladesh any better?

Bloomberg: Five Years After Factory Collapse in Bangladesh, Safety Programs Are Expiring

Solidarity Center: “They have forgotten the lessons of Rana Plaza

Action Aid: Wounds that time has failed to heal

Bangladesh Accord FAQs


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.