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Workers in Bangladesh still unsafe - 10 years on from Rana Plaza, says TUC

TUC general secretary Paul Nowak condemned labour abuses in Bangladesh today, calling on the Tory government to demand enforcement of workers’ rights as part of a trade deal.

The union federation’s leader was speaking on the 10th anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster, in which more than 1,100 workers died.

Mr Nowak said: “Ten years after more than 1,000 workers died in the Rana Plaza factory collapse, labour rights abuses are still rife in Bangladesh and many are still working in unsafe conditions.

“Relentless union campaigning secured important safety protections and rights for factory workers. But many non-factory workers do not have the same protections.

“The UK government should play its part in putting pressure on Bangladesh.

“That means requiring respect for workers’ rights as a precondition for Bangladesh’s tariff-free access to the UK market.”

The International Trade Union Confederation’s Global Rights Index 2022 rates Bangladesh as one of the worst countries in the world for workers and estimates that 5,000 die there each year.

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