Human Rights In Fashion

Indecent working conditions

Credit: "Thousands of garment workers and their unions rally on the one-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse that killed more than 1,100 garment workers" by Solidarity Center. Licensed under CC-BY-ND 2.0.

Indecent working conditions

In April 2013, thousands of garment workers were injured or killed when the Rana Plaza clothing factory collapsed in Bangladesh. The incident is reflective of the multiple rights-violations workers suffer every day, simply by going to work. Garment manufacturers are continually asked to work in environments which are physically unsafe. The Rana Plaza factory building had visible cracks in its walls, but when workers speak out and stand up for their rights, they are often silenced.


This includes workers being targeted or abused for leading or joining a labour union. Protests in Bangladesh in 2018-2019 lead to thousands of workers being dismissed and black-listed, now unable to find work again. There is often very little protection of labour rights in supply countries, meaning restrictions on working hours, protection against unfair dismissal or from working with hazardous chemicals are ignored.

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