BANGLADESH: Report criticises Rana Plaza compensation progress
Not enough progress has been made on delivering compensation to families and workers affected by the Rana Plaza building collapse, according to a new report from the Clean Clothes Campaign and the International Labour Rights Forum.
Issued six months after the disaster, the new report says that some progress has been made on compensation, but not enough to stop some injured workers from having to pull their children out of school.
Highlighting the “Arrangement” designed to provide a mechanism to calculate and distribute compensation, alongside a fund into which brands can contribute, the organisations say the majority of brands linked to Rana Plaza have yet to commit to making a contribution.
These, they claim, include: Adler Modemärkt, Auchan, Camaieu, Carrefour, Cato Fashions, Children’s Place, LPP, Iconix, JC Penney, Kids for Fashion, Kik, Mango, Manifattura Corona, Matalan, NKD, Premier Clothing, Store 21, Texman, Walmart, YesZee, C&A, Dress Barn, Gueldenpfennig and Pellegrini.
“As we pass six months since the horror of Rana Plaza it is outrageous that those families who lost loved ones and those survivors who sustained horrific injuries continue to pay the price for the negligence of employers, brands, and government by barely making ends meet,” said Ineke Zeldenrust of the Clean Clothes Campaign.
“It is time that all brands linked to the tragedies step up and commit to supporting the Arrangement and pay into the fund, and thereby take financial responsibility for a disaster that they failed to prevent.”
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