Rana Plaza - a shrine to workers’ exploitation and suffering

With the death toll well over 1000 from the collapse of the Rana Plaza in Dhaka, Bangladesh, words cannot adequately describe the damage and horror that this incident has caused to workers and their families. In another example of the murderous conditions that workers are forced to work in, last week another eight garment workers were killed in a factory fire. While there are calls all around the world for consumer boycotts and codes of conduct for industry, these will not help workers achieve living wages and safe workplaces. Independent and active unions are the best ways for workers to have safe and healthy workplaces for all.