BANGLADESH: Primark commits $1m aid to Rana Plaza victims
Value-priced fashion retailer Primark is to pay the equivalent of three months' wages to all workers affected by Rana Plaza factory building collapse in Bangladesh.
The news comes as the company says it has nearly finished registering the details of 4,000 former employees, or their dependents, at the building complex. Registration is expected to be completed by the end of this week.
Primark, which was the first brand to acknowledge that its suppliers were housed in the complex, pointed out that the majority of the workers who will receive its payments made clothes for retail brands other than its own.
The process was agreed with the Bangladesh Council of the IndustriAll global union.
Primark said long-term compensation "will take time" to ensure payments are made to the appropriate beneficiaries, and that individuals "considered to be vulnerableare supported".
The retailer has committed US$1m towards its food distribution programme and short-term financial support since the disaster killed more than 1,100 people in April.
The company yesterday (6 June) extended its fire safety programme in the country to include surveys assessing the structural integrity of the garment factories it sources from.
The structural surveys will cover planning records, including structural drawings where available, and assess building integrity, evaluate the standard of construction and materials, and check issues such as the location and loading of heavy machinery.
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