"For the last 14 days, workers came to work, clocked in, walked out," said Shahidullah Azim, vice president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association.
"We decided, 'No work, no pay.'"
The last survivor
Rana Plaza housed five garment factories, several shops and a bank.
The collapse occurred April 24, a day after cracks appeared in the structure. The bank ordered its employees not to report for work, and the shops were closed because of a strike.
But garment workers were told to come in despite their concerns that the building's structure was not sound.
The first few days after the collapse, rescue workers were buoyed by hope as many survivors emerged from the rubble.
But then, for days, nothing.
On Friday, their spirits got a boost when Reshma, 19, was pulled out alive after 17 harrowing days.
"I did not have any food to eat. I had four biscuits and some water in 17 days," she told reporters Monday as she recuperated at a military hospital.
"The people who were with me under the rubble died. I heard people screaming. 'Save me, save me,' they screamed. But I couldn't find them. I tried."
For 20 days, so did the rescuers above ground.
But come Tuesday morning, they will wipe the deaths off the dry erase board.
It's time for a clean start.