No more Rana Plazas

Posted on: 24th April 2014

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Andrew George wearing fair trade clothing



Promoting Fair Trade and Fair Treatment of Factory Workers on Fashion Revolution Day

Marking the first anniversary of the appalling Rana Plaza disaster – in which 1,131 people died and many more were injured when an unstable factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh – local MP, Andrew George, is promoting the importance of Fair Trade and urging consumers to ask questions about how their clothes are made and how the workers are treated.

Mr George Chairs the National Grocery Market Action Group – whose members include Traidcraft, Actionaid and Friends of the Earth – which successfully fought for fair dealing in the grocery supply chain and for the creation of a supermarket watchdog to combat supermarket ‘bully boys’ from driving down their suppliers, potentially leading to high risks, as corners are cut in a race to the bottom.

Mr George said: “Fashion Revolution Day is urging all of us to ask the question ‘who made your clothes?’ We should not allow the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster to pass without recognising that we all have a role to play. We should urge our retailers to reassure us that the people who make our clothes should not have their lives and prospects put at risk in the process.”