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
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 employers.
SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
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