Walmart, Disney and Sears refuse to compensate factory fire victims
US corporations Walmart, Sears/Kmart and Disney, have refused to pay any compensation to the victims of a Bangladeshi factory fire which left 112 dead and dozens more injured.
Walmart was said to be the largest buyer from the factory and their role in blocking safety improvements has also been questioned.
According to the Clean Clothes Campaign, the three multinationals failed to even send delegates to a meeting to discuss the issue held on 15 April in Geneva.
Campaigners had hoped to discuss a $5.7 million compensation plan for the victims of the Tazreen Fashions fire in November 2012 with the three companies.
The meeting was hosted by IndustriALL Global Union and attended by major European retailers, a leading Bangladesh trade unionist, the Clean Clothes Campaign and the Worker Rights Consortium.
Major European retailers C&A (Netherlands), KiK (Germany) and El Corte Inglés (Spain) attended the meeting and agreed to make substantial contributions to the compensation plan for the families of the dead and for the injured.
The Italian clothing brand Piazza Italia did not attend but has agreed to participate in the package as has Li & Fung.
Ineke Zeldenrust from Clean Clothes Campaign: "We once again call upon Walmart and the other major companies sourcing from Tazreen to aid the families of the dead and the injured workers: Their refusal to commit indicates a shocking lack of concern for the rights and well-being of the workers who make their clothes and who were injured or killed in the process".
"We have agreed on confirming the concrete amounts that each of these brands will contribute by the end of this month" says IndustriALL general secretary Jyrki Raina. "The families and the injured have already waited far too long".
Other companies that were sourcing from Tazreen and failed to attend include Teddy Smith (France), Edinburgh Woolen Mills (UK), Dickies (US) and Karl Rieker (Germany).
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