Published on 23/04/18
Tomorrow marks the fifth anniversary of the 2013 Rana Plaza garment factory collapse. This avoidable tragedy resulted in the death of 1,134 Bangladeshi garment workers and a further 2,500 people were injured – a stark reminder of the dangers inherent to unregulated outsourcing.
In light of this anniversary, Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA®) would like to acknowledge those who were injured and lost their lives, and the importance of ongoing efforts to improve the safety and working conditions of workers in the garment industry. As a joint industry-union initiative that protects the rights of Australian garment makers, ECA works collaboratively towards a more transparent local sector.
ECA’s governing body, the Homeworker Code Committee (HWCC), is made up of representatives from the Textile Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia (TCFUA), the NSW Business Chamber, Australian Industry Group, Cue Clothing Co., Nobody Denim and R.M. Williams. The HWCC’s shared belief in a better industry standard is what continues to drive the ECA accreditation program.
On this anniversary and for the rest of the year, ECA would like to thank garment workers, both in Australia and around the world, for their ongoing contribution to the textile, clothing and footwear industry. ECA will continue to advocate for their rights and safety in the hope that ethical business practices become the industry standard.