The crack in walls and a pillar that leads to the fatal collapse of the
eight-stored building ‘Rana Plaza’ in Dhaka’s outskirts, has been
noticed earlier on Tuesday. But the owner of the complex and ruling
party’s local leader ignored the risk and forced the workers to get into
BGMEA already informed that the complex “Rana Plaza” housed at least 5 garment factories and may have been the workplace of up to 3,000 people, although it is unclear how many were in the building when it collapsed.
The five factories are: Ether Tex, New Wave Bottoms, New Wave Style, Phantom Apparels and Phantom Tac.
According to the BGMEA directory, 377 workers were supposed to be in the Ether Tex, while 526 in New Wave Bottoms, 1,073 in New Wave Style, 739 in Phantom Apparels and 407 in Phantom Tac.
Meanwhile the death toll rise to 138.
Digging into the issue it is revealed that Rana Plaza owned by New Wave Ltd, Phantom-TAC and Ether Tex Ltd. Phantom-TAC is jointly owned by a Spanish Textile Auditing Company and Bangladeshi Phantom Apparels Limited and the person behing all these companies is Md. Sohel Rana, senior convener of local unit of Jubo League, youth wing of ruling Awami League and also a close association of local ruling party MP Murad Jong.
Signs of collapse ignored by building owner; he vanishes after rescue; only Brac Bank responds to evacuation call
According to Charles Kernaghan, director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, which has two officers on the ground, the popular kids chain The Children's Place sources from a factory located in the building. And the website for Ether Tex listed Wal-Mart as one of its buyers, though it is not clear if the retailer was currently sourcing from the factory.
In addition, the Workers' Rights Consortium, an organization that monitors labor, said that factories in the building also made clothes for Dress Barn and Joe Fresh.
Wal-Mart said in a statement that it is investigating whether the factory was currently producing items for the company.
A spokesman for The Dress Barn said the company hasn't purchased anything from these factories since 2010.
A Children's Place spokeswoman said one of the factories in the building had produced apparel for the retailer, but it wasn't producing products for it at the time of the collapse.
A Joe Fresh spokeswoman said that one of the factories was producing a "small number" of apparel items for the brand.
Kernaghan said that workers left the building after seeing a large crack on Tuesday. He said a government official inspected the building and advised workers not to go in. However, when the workers returned Wednesday morning, the building owner said it was safe and that if workers didn't return to work, they wouldn't be paid.
Who are the international buyers of these murderous garments factories?
A swift surf in the website of related three companies revealed the list.
At least of 27 buyers identified as bellows;
01. TEXMAN I/S, DENMARK
02. MATALAN RETAIL LTD, UK
03. ITD SRL, ITALY
24. M/S.LOBLAWS INC, CANADA
05. PELLEGRINI AEC SRL, ITALY
06. PRIMARK STORES LTD, IRELAND
07. SIPLEC, FRANCE
08. POETICGEM LTD, UK
09. MATALAN RETAIL LTD, UK
10. GRABAL ALOK (UK) LTD, UK
11. M/S.LOBLAWS INC, CANADA
12. BON MARCH LTD. UK
13. DE BLASIO SPA, ITALY
14. MANGO (PUNTO FA ) , SPAIN
15. TRIMARK SPORTSWEAR GROUP LTD,CANADA
16. LOBLAWS INC ,CANADA
17. PREMIER CLOTHING LTD, UK
18. CANADA INF/UFO ,CANADA
19. KT GROUP INC, USA
20. DRESS BARN INC ,USA
21. YVES DORSEY SA, FRANCE
22. POETICGEM LTD, UK
23. THE CHILDREN'S PLACE (CANADA) INC,CANADA
24. QUELLE GMBH, GERMANY
25. MANGO (PUNTO FA ) , SPAIN
26. LOBLAWS INC , CANADA
27. BENETTON ASIA PACIFIC LTD , HONKONG
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