Bangladeshi Garment Workers Speak Out At UIC

Date(s) - 04/07/2014
12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Student Center East

*WHO:* Aleya Akter (General Secretary of the Bangladesh Garment & Industrial Workers Federation), Aklima Khanam (Survivor of the Rana Plaza collapse), student members of United Students Against Sweatshops Local 15

*What:* United Students Against Sweatshops is conducting a nationwide “End Deathtraps” worker tour with Aleya Akter and Aklima Khanam, two Bangladeshi garment workers leaders who are leading the fight in Bangladesh for safe workplaces and living wages. Aklima is a survivor of the Rana Plaza factory collapse that claimed the lives of over 1,100 Bangladeshi garment workers.

They will speak about the causes and consequences of deadly factory disasters in Bangladesh, and their struggle to urge apparel brands to accept responsibility for safety conditions in their factories by signing the Bangladesh Safety Accord, a legally enforceable agreement that will transform the Bangladesh garment industry from deathtraps to safe workplaces. This worker tour event will be an incredibly powerful and informative opportunity for workers to speak directly with students and faculty about sweatshop conditions in the global apparel industry. We hope to see you there!

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