Bradford – Labour’s Bradford West candidate Naz Shah has welcomed a commitment from the Party today to work with governments, companies and NGOs around the world to tackle the exploitation of garment workers and raise factory standards.
The pledge comes on the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster, which saw over 1,100 people killed when their factory in Bangladesh collapsed.
Mary Creagh, Labour’s Shadow International Development Secretary, said:
“There must be no more fashion victims. We cannot wait for another Rana Plaza disaster to clean up fashion’s dirty secret. The victims compensation fund for Rana Plaza is still $6 million dollars short and too many high street stores have not stepped up to support victims.
“Shoppers in the UK want and need to know that the people who made their clothes and grew their food have decent work, decent pay and can live decent lives.
“If Labour wins the General Election we will tackle the exploitation of garment workers and work with governments, companies and NGOs to raise factory standards, tackle child labour and ensure a living wage for workers.”
Naz Shah, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Bradford West, said:
“I welcome today’s commitment from the Labour Party to be a leading player in tackling the issue of exploitation of garment workers in Bangladesh and across the world if we are in government after 7th May.
“There was rightly a huge public outcry when the disaster happened at Rana Plaza two years ago, but not enough has been done since then to guard against a similar disaster occurring in the future.
“It’s clear to me that if people want a British government that will take this issue seriously and be a leader on the world stage in overseeing improving standards in garment factories, you need to vote for a Labour government.”