Chinese factory collapse prompts new calls for safety
Calls for the global garment and footwear industry to ensure safe working conditions are being reinforced after at least 12 people died following the collapse of a Chinese shoe factory.
The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) said it is "repeating the call for the industry on a global level to learn from the mistakes of the past, and ensure that all workplaces making clothing and shoes provide safe and healthy working environments".
"We urge all those connected to the factory to work together to provide compensation, lost wages and medical treatment to those families and individuals affected by this tragic incident," it added.
The move comes just over a week after at least 12 people were reported to have died and dozens more injured following the collapse of the Jieyu shoe factory in China's Zhejiang Province. Some 30 of the 56 workers in the factory at the time are understood to have suffered serious injuries.
While it remains unclear which footwear brands were sourcing from the factory, the collapse highlights ongoing safety issues within the industry more than two years after 1,100 people were killed in the Rana Plaza factory tragedy in Bangladesh.
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