Mandate Youth organise fundraiser for the victims of the Rana Plaza disaster

Monday 08 July 2013, 01pm

Mandate Youth is organising a fundraising event for the victims and families of the Rana Plaza tragedy on Wednesday 10th July at the Parnell Bar, Parnell Street, Dublin 1 at 7pm.

Aideen Carberry of Mandate Youth said; “On the 24th of April this year, 1,127 garment workers who have made clothes that many of us have worn, went to work and never came home.

Close to 3,000 other workers were injured, although many locally put the figures much higher. The accident is considered one of the worst to have occurred in the garment industry and tragically, it was preventable.”

David Gibney, also of Mandate Youth added; “The Clean Clothes Campaign Ireland is lobbying politicians to ensure that Irish retailers are encouraged to sign the Bangladesh Safety Accord whilst also exerting continuous pressure directly on those retailers. They have had some successes, although unfortunately Dunnes Stores continue to ignore all efforts to sign up to their responsibilities.

However, the issue of compensation for those who died and those injured, many with medical bills, still needs to be agreed and local relief organisations are concerned at the mismanagement and the administrative chaos which has ensued since the accident.

Meanwhile workers are without jobs and many may not be able to work due to their injuries.

That’s why we’re holding this fundraising event. If you can’t attend on the night, you can still support these workers in Bangladesh by making a donation, which will go directly to those affected. Thanks for your support.”

Further details can be obtained directly from David Gibney at dgibney@mandate.ie

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