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Justice for Rana Plaza workers

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“Urge Children's Place to pay up for 1,138 deaths at #RanaPlaza. Join the Global Day of Action on 4/24! #orphansplace http://thndr.it/1OPjShU

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Justice for Rana Plaza workers

Rana Plaza was a large eight-story building in Savar, Bangladesh, that housed five garment factories, employing approximately 5,400 people and producing apparel for several well-known brands including The Children’s Place, Benetton, Walmart, and others. When workers reported to work on the morning of April 24, 2013, they were afraid to go inside because of the large visible cracks that had appeared in the building’s walls. But managers ultimately forced them in, threatening to dock their wages for the month if they did not meet shipment deadlines imposed by the brands. As a result, more than 3,000 workers were inside the building when it collapsed less than an hour later.

At least 1,138 garment workers were killed in the collapse and at least 2,500 were injured. Many of the injured workers were trapped for days before being rescued, watching helplessly as their friends and colleagues died in front of them. Some of the survivors were freed from the building only after rescuers amputated their crushed limbs onsite. Many of the survivors aren’t able to find work, some too disabled by their injuries and others too traumatized. The injured workers and the families who lost loved-ones – for many, their only income-earner – are now trying to survive economic impoverishment amidst the pain and trauma. Some have struggled with homelessness since the disaster and have been forced to beg in the street just to survive. Others have had to pull their children from school and send them to work just to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads.

In the days leading up to the second anniversary of the building collapse (April 24, 2015), join us in urging The Children’s Place to pay full and fair compensation to the victims of the Rana Plaza building collapse: to the children who were orphaned, to the injured workers, and to the families of the people who were killed.

The collapse of Rana Plaza was a result of corporate negligence by The Children’s Place. The building was structurally unsafe, yet the company continued to place orders there, apparently unconcerned with the imminent danger workers faced every day they reported to work.

We’re calling on The Children’s Place to secure the remaining $7.5 million owed to the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund so that Rana Plaza survivors and victims' families receive the full compensation due to them by April 24, 2015, the second anniversary of the building collapse.  As the “largest pure-play children’s specialty apparel retailer in the United States," which made $56.9 million in profits for the fiscal year ending in March 2015, it is well within the company’s ability to fill the gap in the fund.

  • Wow, thank you

    April 20, 2015
    Wow, we've reached 200% of our minimum goal! I guess we should have set our initial goal higher. =)

    Please keep pushing this out for the next 24 hours to help make this an impactful thunderclap. Thank you!
  • $6 million still needed for Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund

    April 20, 2015
    A few small donations have come in from brands over the last couple of days. Now $6 million is still needed to complete the $30 million compensation fund.
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