Primark pays more to Rana Plaza victims
As the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse nears, Primark has agreed to pay an additional £6 million (on top of a previously donated £1.2million) in compensation to victims of the accident; a disaster which resulted in the death of approximately 1,100 garment workers.
The £6 million donation makes a significant boost to the desolate compensation fund that had only raised approximately £3 million of its target £24 million.
Deputy Director of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Gilbert Houngbo stated: "We hope that Primark's payment will bring the debate out so that people will ask other brands 'What are you doing?' We urge other retailers to show good faith and make a donation."
Only seven other brands have publicly confirmed that they have donated to the Rana Plaza compensation fund. These include Bonmarché, El Corte Inglés, Inditex, Mango, Mascot, Premier Clothing and Loblaw.
Although unconfirmed by the ILO, C&A have also said that they have donated $500,000. German retailer KiK and Polish brand Crop have also said that they have donated [an unknown amount]. Benetton and Matalan were reported to have paid into separate schemes to help those suffering from disabilities as a result of the factory collapse.
£5.4 million of Primark’s £6 million payment will to go to the workers and families of New Wave Bottoms - a supplier of Primark based on the second floor of the factory in Dhaka. The remaining £0.6million is to be shared amongst the other 3,600 workers affected by the factory collapse and working for other brands. Primark was stated that compensation rates would be based on already completed medical and vulnerability assessments, and that it wanted to ‘ensure those set to receive larger payments had support in managing the money before making a lump sum payment’.
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