Steelworkers Humanity Fund Contributes $15,000 to Assist Bangladesh Garment
TORONTO, May 7, 2013 /CNW/ - "The Steelworkers Humanity Fund is contributing
$15,000 in emergency aid for garment workers and their families affected by
the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh," Ken
Neumann, United Steelworkers (USW) National Director, announced today.
"This humanitarian relief will not remove the need for the Western apparel
brands, local employers and the Bangladeshi government to provide compensation
to the 2,500 injured workers and the families of more than 600 workers who
were killed in the April 24 disaster," said Neumann.
On May 1, the United Steelworkers joined with other Canadian trade unions and
advocacy groups, including the Maquila Solidarity Network, in urging Galen
Weston, Executive Chairman of Loblaw - owner of Joe Fresh brand - to negotiate
fair compensation for workers and to take immediate steps to ensure
preventable tragedies such as this do not occur in the future.
The Steelworkers Humanity Fund is a registered charitable organization that
focuses primarily on development projects and emergency aid in developing
countries, but also supports Canadian communities in crisis. Steelworkers
union members contribute to the fund through clauses negotiated into
collective agreements. In some cases, matching contributions come from
Ken Neumann, USW National Director, 416-544-5951 Bob Gallagher, USW
Communications,416-544-5996, 416-434-2221,firstname.lastname@example.org Doug Olthuis,
Steelworkers Humanity Fund, 416-544-5957,email@example.com
SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)
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