Matalan fails Rana Plaza victims
Matalan remains the only major British firm not to have contributed to the UN backed Rana Plaza compensation fund.
Matalan was one of several retailers sourcing garments from the eight story high Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh before it collapsed in April 2013. The factory collapse, the story of which was recently covered within a BBC documentary, resulted in approximately 2,515 people suffering injuries and the death of 1,129 individuals.
At present Matalan has stated that it would give 'an undisclosed donation to BRAC, an NGO focused on rehabilitation and retraining for survivors of the Rana Plaza disaster'. This was not considered good enough by 38 degrees.
The executive directore of 38 degrees, David Babbs, was quoted within the independent:
“If Primark can pay, why can’t Matalan? Matalan says it’s a family-friendly business, yet it still hasn’t paid up the money it owes to the children of people who died in the same factory that made its clothes. Thousands of 38 Degrees members agree that it can’t be right for a company worth billions to be able to walk away from the consequences of one of the worst industrial disasters in living memory. Matalan may have made peppercorn donations to other charities, but that’s no substitute for the proper compensation it owes to the survivors of the Rana Plaza disaster”
The 38 Degrees campaign is pressuring Matalan to cough up a suggested £3million in compensation by Thursday. According to the independent, 1,200 tweets per hour were fired Matalan's way on Monday.
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