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Edinburgh Woollen Mill “derisory” offer to victims' families

Oct 1

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Company offers £80.35  to relatives of those killed in Bangladesh factory fire

The Edinburgh Woollen Mill has come under fire after the company made a “derisory” offer to the families of workers who died in a Bangladeshi factory fire.

The Daily Record this week reported that the Edinburgh Woollen Mill, led by millionaire boss Philip Day, offered around £9000 – that works out at just £80.35 for each of the 112 workers who died.

Boxes of clothes with EWM labels were found in the ruins of the Tazreen factory after the blaze.

EWM, owned by the tycoon, 47, who is worth £300 million, said they made an offer of financial assistance to families of the victims as a “gesture of goodwill”.

But Sam Maher, of campaign group Labour Behind the Label, told the Daily Record she thought the offer was “derisory”.

Campaigners also criticised EWM for failing to sign a safety accord aimed at preventing more factory tragedies in Bangladesh.



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