21 juillet 2015 ~ 5 Commentaires

The collapse of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh, What do we do now ? L’effondrement du Rana Plaza à Dacca! Et maintenant ? Lembra-se do colapso do edificio que albergava uma fabrica textil no Bangladesh ?(French, English and Portuguese)

English :

Do you remember hearing about the collapse of a textile factory in Bangladesh?

Two years ago, on the 24th of April 2013, a building named Rana Plaza collapsed. The site consisted of workshops which acted as subcontractors for various international clothing brands. The collapse of the building killed more than 1120 people.

Why have we talked so little of this event? Mainly because this disaster took place in Dacca, Bangladesh, a location remote from France. But when we know that most of us wear pieces of clothing which where stitched together within that site, can we truly pretend as if nothing ever happened? The night before the building collapsed, its employees started striking after they discovered cracks on the walls of the site. They were however forced to go back to work on the day it collapsed.

We recommend you to watch a brilliant documentary about this event titled “Les ouvriers du textile au Bangladesh, des damnes du Low Cost” (The textile workers of Bangladesh, the damned population of the Low Cost industry). Directed by Anne Gintzburger and Anne Sophie Le Conte, this documentary was broadcasted on TV channel France 2 and produced by Chasseur D’Etoiles (http://www.chasseurdetoiles.net/documentaires/).

This documentary even acted as a triggering factor in the creation of Wilpinna!

While a foundation was promptly launched to help the victims’ families, companies, unfortunately, took a great amount of time to deal with and admit their business ties with Rana Plaza. Even today, some companies have not paid any compensation to the site and still claim that they were not direct clients of the workshops as they acted as a subcontractor.

Here at Wilpinna our goal is not to judge the companies which partnered with Rana Plaza but to make people realize that we can help companies grow as well as employees obtain higher wages and better working conditions.

Launching a foundation was a great start. We also do believe it is mandatory for a company to pay a compensation to the victims. Nevertheless, we think that companies must not limit their efforts to pure compensation as an other similar event might occur in the future. For instance, on the 9th of May 2013, 8 people died in another workshop in Bangladesh.

Companies cannot put an end to this issue if they choose to implement their businesses in other developing countries. The same issues will arise again and recreate similar working conditions without security norms.

For instance, we think it is important for companies to remain in Bangladesh instead of outsourcing. It is vital to develop the country, increase employment while still abiding by rules we would follow in their own countries.

Businesses must generate wealth without turning a blind eye but by being proud of their own accomplishments.

Most companies generally hide the fact that they outsource their business, believing that this action will be perceived negatively. We at Wilpinna, however, see this as an opportunity for a government to improve its image and assets if regulations, procedures, working conditions, working hours and a ban on child labour are closely followed.

In order to carry out this initiative, we advice you to ask an external and independent agency such as Wilpinna to do a social audit as to assess the various working conditions and assist you in improving them.

 

French :

Vous vous souvenez de cet effondrement du bâtiment de textile au Bangladesh ?

Le 24 avril 2013, il y a déjà deux ans, un bâtiment appelé Rana Plaza avec des ateliers de confection travaillant pour diverses marques internationales de vêtements s’est effondré.  Cet effondrement a causé la mort de plus de 1120 personnes.

Pourquoi on en parle très peu ? Tout simplement parce que c’est une catastrophe qui s’est passé loin de la France, c’était à Dacca, la capitale du Bangladesh. Mais quand on sait que nous portons pour la plupart d’entre nous des vêtements qui ont été fabriqués dans cet établissement, devons-nous  faire comme si de rien n’était ?

La veille de l’effondrement du bâtiment, les employés ont fait grèves après l’apparition de fissures, ils ont été cependant contraints de travailler le jour de l’effondrement.

Nous vous conseillons d’ailleurs de regarder le fantastique reportage d’Anne Gintzburger et Anne Sophie Le Conte intitulé « Les ouvriers du textile au Bangladesh, ces damnés du Low Cost  »sur l’effondrement de ce bâtiment, un document qui fut diffusé sur France 2 et produit par Chasseur d’Etoiles (http://www.chasseurdetoiles.net/documentaires/). Ce reportage fut d’ailleurs un élément déclencheur pour la création de Wilpinna !

Une fondation a été créée pour aider les familles des victimes mais malheureusement, les entreprises ont mis beaucoup de temps à réagir et surtout à accepter d’avoir été clientes du Rana Plaza. Aujourd’hui, certaines entreprises n’ont pas versées d’argent sous prétexte de ne pas avoir été cliente car il s’agit d’un sous-traitant.

Notre objectif chez Wilpinna n’est pas de juger les entreprises qui ont travaillées avec le Rana Plaza, mais de faire prendre conscience que l’on peut tout à fait aider les entreprises à se développer, à aider les salariés à obtenir de bonnes conditions de travail.

La fondation est une très bonne chose et nous pensons qu’il est obligatoire pour une entreprise ayant été cliente d’indemniser les victimes. Cependant, il ne faut pas s’arrêter avec l’indemnisation des victimes car un autre drame peut arriver, par exemple le 9 mai 2013 il y a eu huit mort dans une autre industrie textile au Bangladesh.

Nous n’arrêterons pas également le problème en s’installant dans un autre pays en voie de développement si c’est pour seulement recréer les mêmes conditions de travail sans norme de sécurité.

Nous pensons qu’il est important de rester par exemple au Bangladesh et ne pas se délocaliser, il est nécessaire de développer le pays, développer le travail tout en respectant certaines règles que nous respecterions chez nous. Il faut pouvoir créer de la richesse en ne fermant pas les yeux mais en étant fier de ce que l’on réalise.

Les entreprises cachent régulièrement qu’ils sous traitent à l’étranger, elles pensent que leurs images peuvent être négative mais chez Wilpinna nous pouvons voir cela comme une opportunité d’image et de croissance pour un pays si les normes, les procédures, les conditions de travail, les horaires, le non travail des enfants sont bien respectées.

Pour réaliser cette démarche, nous vous conseillons de faire appel à une structure externe et indépendante comme Wilpinna pour faire un audit social afin d’examiner les différentes conditions de travail et vous aider à les améliorer.

PORTUGUESE :

No dia 24 de Avril de 2013, faz agora dois anos, o edificio Rana Plaza que albergava confeções que trabalhavam para diversas marcas internacionais de moda e pronto a vestir colapsou. Este colapso causou a morte a mais de 1120 pessoas.

Porque falamos tão pouco deste assunto ? Simplesmente porque é uma catastrofe que aconteceu longe de França, foi em Dacca, a capital de Bangladesh. Mas quando sabemos que usamos, a grande maioria dentre nos, roupa que foi fabricada neste estabelecimento, devemos agir como se nada tivesse acontecido ?

Na vespera do colapso do edificio, os empregados fizeram greve apos visualizarem a aparição de fissuras, contudo foram obrigados a trabalhar no dia da catastrofe.

Aconselhamos a visualização da fantastica reportage de Anne Gintzburger e Anne Sophie Le Conte intitulada “Les ouvriers du textile au Bagladesh, ces damnés du Low Cost”, un document visual que foi difundido no canal televisivo France 2 e produzido por Chasseur d’Etoiles (http://www.chasseurdetoiles.net/documentaires/). Esta reportagem foi, alias, um elemento chave para a criação de Wilpinna !

Uma fundação foi criada para ajudar as familias das vitimas, mas infelizmente as empresas demoraram muito tempo a reagir e sobretudo a aceitar a revelação de que eram clients do Rana Plaza. Hoje, algumas empresas ainda não transferiram dinheiro com a desculpa de não serem clientes e por se tratarem de subcontratantes.

O nosso objectivo no Wilpinna não é julgar as empresas que trabalharam com o Rana Plaza, mas de alerter consciencias para o que podemos fazer para ajudar no desenvolvimento das empresas, ajudar os salariados a obterem boas condições de travalho.

A criação da fundação foi uma excelente ideia e pensamos que deveria ser obrigatorio que uma empresa que tenha sido cliente das confeções do Rana Plaza deveriam indeminizar as vitimas do colapso. Porem, a solução não fica somente na indemnização das vitimas, mas tambem na prevenção de outros dramas.

Não acabamos com o problema instalando-nos noutros paises em vias de desenvolvimento, se acabamos por recriar o mesmo problema mas noutro local com as mesmas condições de trabalho sem normas de segurança.

 Pensamos que é importante que as empresas não de deslocalizem, se é necessario desenvolver o pais, o importante é desenvolver um trabalho que respeite as regras laborais proprias do nosso pais. E necessario criar riqueza sem fechar os olhos e orgulhar­-se dos seus esforços e trabalho.

As empresas escondem regularmente quem subcontratam no estrangeiro, pensam que as imagens podem ter um efeito negativo para a sua imagem, mas no Wilpinna podemos ver esta situação como uma oportunidade de melhorar a imagem na medida em que a empresa pode desenvolver um trabalho que represente evolução economica e social nos paises em vias de desenvolvimento (respeito pelas leis laborais, condições de trabalho dignas, respeito por um horario de trabalho regulamentado e recusa de trabalho infantil).

Para concretizar uma abordagem deste tipo, aconselhamo-lo a procurar ajuda a uma estrutura externa e independente como Wilpinna, para uma auditoria social com o intuit de examiner as diferentes condições de trabalho e vos ajudar a melhora-las.

 

 

 

5 Réponses à “The collapse of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh, What do we do now ? L’effondrement du Rana Plaza à Dacca! Et maintenant ? Lembra-se do colapso do edificio que albergava uma fabrica textil no Bangladesh ?(French, English and Portuguese)”

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    thanks

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    Merci,
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  3. Sébastien Perrin 26 avril 2015 à 21 h 08 min

    Tout à fait d’accord!

  4. Hello
    Please be noted that i brought the second team of journalists of France 2 last month to make a special program about Tee shirts and show all effortd done by all organizations on place since Rana Plaza: ILO,Alliance,Accord,BGMEA & BKMEA.
    It will be diffused on France 2 in July.
    The target of the country is to double textile garments in 2021 date of the 50th anniversay of the country and still efforts have to be done especially on level on bying prices and regular audits to rassure clients.
    Best regards
    Emmanuel Itie

  5. Hi Itie,

    This is a fantastic news. I hope to see this documentary in july, i am waiting for it!

    Merci Itie pour cette réponse, n’hésitez pas à me contacter si vous avez besoin d’une personne pour un projet quelconque autour du social business, du développement social ou bien un audit des conditions de travail.
    wilpinna@yahoo.com

    Bien à vous
    Simon Valcauda


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