European retailers C&A, Kik and El Corte Ingles will contribute to a compensation plan for the victims of the Tazreen Fashions fire in Bangladesh in November last year.

The three brands made the commitment at a meeting to discuss a US$5.7m compensation plan for the fire, which killed 112 workers and injured about 120 in November.

The IndustriAll Global Union, which hosted the meeting, emphasised that Wal-Mart, Sears/Kmart, and Disney have refused to pay any compensation to the victims and did not attend the meeting.

It said that Wal-Mart was apparently the largest buyer from the Tazreen factory. IndustriAll also said that Teddy Smith, Edinburgh Woolen Mills, Dickies and Karl Rieker were also sourcing from the Tazreen factory and did not attend the meeting.

Li & Fung and Piazza Italia have also agreed to pay compensation to the victims.

The compensation plan, developed by IndustriAll and its affiliates in Bangladesh and supported by international labour rights groups, is based on the compensation formula used in other recent fires.

The details of the plan will be worked out in a subsequent meeting to be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

"We once again call upon Wal-Mart and the other major companies sourcing from Tazreen to aid the families of the dead and the injured workers," Ineke Zeldenrust from the Clean Clothes Campaign said.

"Their refusal to do so indicates a shocking lack of concern for the rights and well-being of the workers who make their clothes and who, in this case, were injured or killed in the process."