Rana Plaza was a man-made disaster: Rushanara Ali

Five years after the Rana Plaza disaster, Bangladesh-born British lawmaker Rushanara Ali has described what happened as ‘not an accident’ but ‘a man-made disaster’.

She was speaking at a panel debate at the Houses of Parliament focused on improvements for women workers in the fashion industry, five years on from Rana Plaza on Monday, reports The Guardian.

The Labour lawmaker directed the majority of her criticism towards fashion brands using factories and buildings such as Rana Plaza.

‘Considering the profits these companies are making, they are paying workers a pittance,’ she said.

‘We have to pay more, and brands have to pay more. Despite improvements, workers in Bangladesh are paid less than $68 (pound 48) a month, less than half their counterparts in Vietnam,’ she said.

The Labour lawmaker expressed concerns over companies moving work from one country to another that is yet to be under the spotlight. ‘Boycotting things will make matters worse,’ she added.

On April 24, 2013, Rana Plaza, an illegally constructed building at Savar housing five garment factories, came down crashing, killing 1,175 people and injuring over 2,000 others.

It is widely considered to be the deadliest unintended structural failure of modern times.

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