Rina Chandran 7 Min Read MUMBAI Thomson Reuters Foundation - Three years after the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh that killed more than 1, factory workers, the rights and safety of workers are in greater focus, but progress in fixing problems in the supply chain is slow, experts and activists say. Rescue workers attempt to find survivors from the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Savar, around 30 km 19 miles outside Dhaka May 3,
The men and women injured are missing arms and legs, are paralyzed, and are suffering from many head injuries. On the day before the collapse, April 23, huge cracks appeared in the building.
The eight story building was built on spongy ground without the correct permits. The workers, mainly young women, were told the next day that if they did not continue working they would not get their months pay. The workers in the factory were paid at starvation wages such as cents and hour while working thirteen to fourteen hours shifts six out of the seven days a week.
Without their months pay their families would starve. Going to work or going without their months pay was not even a question, they returned to work.
Within the next hour the building began to collapse. Jannat, a worker in the factory for New Wave Style Factory said, "Suddenly we saw our floor collapsing, going doing, and falling apart very fast. In a minute, I was knocked down in a dark place There was no air and we were trapped in darkness.
Rana Plaza housed five garment factories. These factories produced clothing for The Children's Place, J.
Penney, Joe Fresh, Denim Co. These companies relied on the cheap labor provided by their workers to keep their costs low and became the second-largest exporter of clothing behind China. The five garment factories are some of the stakeholders involved in this disaster. The consumers who buy these products, employees who work at Rana Plaza and the families of the workers are also stakeholders that have been affected.
The Bangladesh factory collapse could have been avoided. There was no accident. This garment disaster has posed some serious questions about safety regulations and working conditions of clothing manufacturers.
This disaster has pointed the finger at Sohel Rana, the owner, the government and the consumers and buyers in western societies.
Senior Officer, Laia Blanch, said "Multinational corporations, factory owners and the Bangladeshi government have once again failed to ensure that the health and safety of garment workers are at the forefront of the country's main export sector.
This is becoming a pattern of tragic accidents with little changes being made. The union is still considering appropriate action to take to improve working conditions in Bangladesh factories.
The pressure needs to be on the government of Bangladesh to take action and step in between the owner, the local manufacturers, and worldwide. Moving the factory to a different area is not going to change anything.
It will just cause the tragedies to happen in a different area. Until the government steps in and interfere with illegal running businesses no change will be made. Sohel Rana should have taken responsibility for the factory collapse instead of fleeing to India.
Anger over the disaster sparked protests and clashes. Police had to use force to put an end to all protests such as tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets on anyone who set a car on fire. Sohel Rana, owner of Rana Plaza Individualism According to the Individualist Theory, the goal is to maximize profit for the stakeholders and to act in their best interest.
If the owner, Sohel Rana obeyed the building codes and warning signs the building would not have collapsed and killed 1, innocent workers and injured another 2, workers.
If they obeyed these codes and signs the building would still be in tact without cracks in the walls and they would still be producing for the five garment factories within.
By doing this they would have maximized profit as well because their business would have been able to hold its ground longer and keep producing. Instead they owner was greedy and wanted the profit now and did not look in the long run or in the best interest of the company.
Utilitarianism According to the Utilitarianism Theory, the action is deemed ethical if it promotes happiness to the maximum amount of people. Happiness and pleasure are the only things at intrinsic value and should be brought out to all beings capable of feeling it and doing so impartially.
The workers of the Bangladesh factory were not happy with their wages, hours, and working conditions. They were not happy when they had to choose between a months pay or putting their lives in danger in a factory that could collapse at any moment.
No pleasure was for them when the factory collapsed while they were working within in.The upper four floors of the plaza, for example, were reportedly constructed illegally without permits, and a crack was seen on the building exterior a day before the collapse.
The Collapse of Rana Plaza On April 24, , a commercial building in Savar, the capital of Bangladesh collapsed.
The death toll was estimated to be 1, bodies with just about 2, injured.
The eight-story building consisted of many small businesses as well as industry leading companies such as H&M, Tesco, Gap, Walart, and Disney. A court in Bangladesh has formally charged 38 people with murder in connection with the collapse of the Rana Plaza building which killed 1, people in the country’s worst industrial disaster.
- Journal 1 - Rana Plaza Garment Factory Collapse In April , an 8 storey garment factory, Rana Plaza, collapsed in Bangladesh and resulted in the worst accident in the garment production industry (Disaster at Rana Plaza; Corporate Social Responsibility, ).
Thousands of Bangladeshi garment workers have demanded justice on the anniversary of one of the world's worst industrial disasters — the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory complex that claimed. Disaster in Bangladesh: The Collapse of the Rana Plaza Building Case Solution After analyzing the issue from the economic perspective, it can be seen that Bangladesh is a very poor country and its entire employment as well as the growth in the economy is highly dependent on exporting textile related products to the outside world.