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Bangladesh Factory-Collapse Workers, Families Seek $2 Billion from Loblaw

Posted May 01, 2015

Under International Trade Issues

(Tanya Talaga – Toronto Star)

Survivors and family members of those who died in the 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh are seeking $2 billion in damages from Canadian grocery giant Loblaw.

A series of co-ordinated, proposed class-action lawsuits have been filed in Canada, the United States and Italy around the April 24 second anniversary of the disaster, which claimed the lives of 1,129 garment workers and injured thousands more.

Most of the garment workers were women working long hours and earning less than $1 a day while sewing fashionable clothes for some of the world’s biggest labels. Firms who sourced clothing from garment factories housed in the eight-storey Rana building include The Children’s Place, Loblaw’s Joe Fresh and Benetton. Click here to read more.