Tuesday, 31 December 2013

7 months after the 2013 Rana Plaza disaster many Canadian companies have still not signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh

TorontotheBetter calls on the companies named below in a recent message from ally Maquila Solidarity network to do the right thing and prevent further garment factory disasters. Please share with your own networks.
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December 20, 2013
Tell Canadian companies to sign Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh
On December 17, 25 human rights, women’s, trade union, student, teacher, community, and international development organizations sent an Open Letter to six Canadian retailers – Canadian Tire, Giant Tiger, Hudson’s Bay Company, Sears Canada, Walmart, YM Inc. -- urging them to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.
To date, only one Canadian company, Loblaw (owner of Joe Fresh), has signed the Accord, which provides for independent factory safety inspections, brand support for factory upgrades, health and safety training for workers and management personnel, democratically elected health and safety committees, an anonymous complaint process, and the right of workers to refuse unsafe work.
Read more: http://en.maquilasolidarity.org/node/1170
Take action: http://www.oxfam.ca/get-involved/take-action/bangladesh-worker-safety
View Toronto Star article:  http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2013/12/18/canadian_tire_other_canadian_retailers_urged_to_sign_on_to_tougher_bangladesh_safety_inspection_plan.html
Here’s wishing all of you a good holiday break from the MSN team. We’ll be back in touch on Bangladesh and other solidarity efforts early in early 2014.

Lynda Yanz
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Maquila Solidarity Network
606 Shaw St.
Toronto, ON M6G 3L6
Canada

416 532-8584
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