Bishop Sarker visits victims of collapsed garment factory

20 May 2013

The Church of Bangladesh took the initiative to support the rescue team working to save people in the collapsed multi-storey building at Savar, Dhaka, and has also been mobilising help for the injured garment workers and their families.

Bishop Paul Sarker, Moderator of Church of Bangladesh,  pictured here visiting the injured in hospital, is determined to continue the Church support and is requesting others to pray and come forward to assist in the crisis.

The death toll from collapse has reached 361 as rescue workers recovered 17 more bodies from beneath the rubble of the nine-storey building on Sunday. Total 2,436 people trapped inside the collapsed building have been rescued so far.

Desperate efforts are continuing to rescue survivors, if any, from inside the collapsed building.

Rana Plaza, the nine-storey building housing half a dozen readymade garment factories on its top floors, caved in on 24 April after factory owners forced several thousand workers to come to work despite the cracks developed in its pillars the previous day.

This is worst ever industrial accident in Bangladesh comes only months after more than one hundred garments workers died of fire in two factories. In Bangladesh the workers work for a minimum wage of USD 34 per month and less than one percent of garment worker here are represented by union.  Primark, Matalan and Mango make huge profits off the backs of workers in factories like these. IndustriALL Global Union and IndustriALL Bangladesh Councils have urged the Government of Bangladesh to take urgent action to guarantee freedom of association, improve building and fire safety measures, and the minimum wage for the more than 3 million garment workers in Bangladesh. Garments importers such as Primark should as well take initiative to ensure justice for the workers and action as this never happens again.