Campaigners are urging Benetton to pay into the Rana Plaza Trust Fund

Campaigners are urging Benetton to pay into the Rana Plaza Trust Fund

Labour rights campaigners have renewed calls for Italian fashion label Benetton to pay US$5m into a fund set up to help the victims of the Rana Plaza disaster.

Campaigners from across Europe and the US used International Human Rights Day yesterday (11 December) to stage street and online protests, the latter using a new website set up by the Clean Clothes Campaign to target the company.

They also called on Benetton franchise holders to back the campaign by asking the Benetton Group to take immediate action on the issue.

“We are using International Human Rights Day to remind citizens that compensation is a right for all workers and that until compensation is paid in full there will be no justice for the Rana Plaza workers,” said Deborah Lucchetti from the Campagna Abiti Puliti.

“We are determined to continue our campaign until Benetton pays what it owes.”

Campaigners believe the $5m amount is proportionate, “given the clear links between Benetton and one of the factories at Rana Plaza and the huge profits made by the company”.