The Rana Plaza Crisis

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Another blatant example of companies working for Walmart trading efficiency and profit for safety was the Rana Plaza incident, the deadliest catastrophe in the history of the global garment industry. The Rana Plaza was a very large factory that housed five different clothing companies. It housed around 5,400 people; all who worked to produce clothing of many different brands select companies, including Walmart. On April 23, 2013, more than a year after the Tazreen Factory Incident, large fractures appeared in the walls of the factory. Although there was obvious damage, supervisors threatened to dock the worker 's wages if they did not show up the next day. The next morning, an announcement over the loud speaker told the workers that the damage …show more content…
Some families lost their only able-bodied workers, many other individuals were disabled due to their injuries and are now unable to work and support their families. So far, and only after heavy ethical and political pressure, Wal-Mart has donated a million dollars to the Rana Plaza release fund, which would amount to around $500 per family affected by the incident Wal-Mart is largely responsible for. Wal-Mart is known for their increased defensiveness creating a precedence of responsibility by acknowledging wrongdoing as Obernauer states in the Huffington Post, "Instead of taking the seven years to reflect on their safety and health practices, Wal-Mart instead spent over one million dollars refusing to acknowledge the contributing role the company played in this incident, and refusing to pay the fine. Finally, on March 19, 2015, Wal-Mart decided to withdraw their appeal and pay up, not because they admitted wrongdoing, but because of a desire to put the matter to rest."(2015) …show more content…
The actions are viewed as thoughtless, and the targeted audience has little trust for the weight of the words and actions. The reality is that the facts are over barring and the time of internal resolution strategies are gone. A mediating party, i.e. a Union, is the only way to gain some sort of legitimacy with its employee population as well as with the audience that is becoming more and more socially aware and active with the rise of the social media movement. The Union solution also addresses the need to be able to work with an entity that can address the issue from a government perspective as well. Literature like "The Jungle" and the activities of the Rockefellers of the world have thought the employee of past and present that there is a time that the consumer must put convenience to

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