Six years of Rana Plaza tragedy
51pc injured workers still unemployed: Survey
After six years of Rana Plaza tragedy a survey showed around 51 percent of the garment workers injured in the building collapse are now unemployed, 74 percent can't work physically and 27 percent are suffering from mental weakness.
Only 49 percent of the injured are working in different factories such as day-laborers, in agriculture and other types of work. Some of them are even doing small business.
At least 1,136 people, mostly garment workers, were killed and over 2,500 injured in the Savar building collapse on April 24, 2013.
ActionAid Bangladesh carried the survey commemorating the tragedy on six year of the accident only to make some startling revelation on injured workers physical, mental and psychological health.
The survey said injured workers cannot work continuously due to physical exasperation. That's why they change work frequently. Two years ago, 48 percent of the injured workers were unemployed.
That means unemployment rates have increased slightly in the two years indicating many are slowly regaining working health.
Meanwhile, testimony in the murder case over the tragic collapse of Rana Plaza building, that caused death to around 1,200 people remains pending by a stay order of the High Court (HC) over the proceedings of the trial.
Sessions Judge SM Quddus Zaman of Dhaka District on July 18, 2016, framed the charges against 39 accused in the murder case filed by police over the incident.
"After the indictment, several accused in the case filed appeals with the High Court, challenging the legality of lower court order which in turn issued the stay over the proceedings of the case.
Accused of Savar municipality mayor M Refat Ullah and commissioner of Ward-7 Haji Mohammad Ali filed appeals seeking the stay. That is why we have not been able to examine any witnesses in this case for last three years," public prosecutor Khandaker Abdul Mannan said.
In the case filed over violation of building codes, Dhaka additional chief judicial magistrate court on June 14, 2016, framed charges against owner of the building Rana and 17 others.
Bangladesh Garment Manufacture and Exporters Association (BGMEA) former president Siddiqur Rahman recently claimed none of the job-seekers in the Rana Plaza accidents are unemployed. If anyone has been left, they must be give job soon.
According to the Action Aid study, 15 percent of the workers returned to the workplace but most of the workers have moved away from the garment industry.
Bangladesh Garment Sramik League President Sirajul Islam Rony said, "After such an accident, the mental counseling of the workers was very necessary. A large part of the workers have left the industry in fear. We are trying to bring them back.
CPD research director Dr. Khandaker Golam Moazzem said there was a discussion for a specialized hospital to be set up for workers. It is essential for treatment of Rana Plaza victims and such other RMG workers. But that discussion did not go forward.