Eleven brands and retailers that sourced from the Tazreen Fashion and Rana Plaza factories in Bangladesh have failed to agree compensation payments for the victims and survivors, despite taking part in high-level meetings this week.

Following one of the meetings yesterday (12 September), Primark, which was sourcing from the Rana Plaza building when it collapsed, said it has committed to paying further short-term aid to all workers and their families, including three months' salary.

The retailers involved are also said to be working to agree a framework for long-term compensation, and are to meet again in two weeks' time to consider their next steps.

Of the 29 brands sourcing from the Rana Plaza site when it collapsed in April, the Clean Clothes Campaign, said only nine attended the meeting: Bon Marché, Camaieu, El Corte Ingles, Kik, Loblaw, Mascot, Matalan, Primark and Store Twenty One.

A model for compensation, which has been used by brands and retailers in previous factory disasters in Bangladesh, was proposed by IndustriAll, the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and the Workers Rights Consortium (WRC).

This includes payment for pain and suffering and loss of income. For Rana Plaza, it is calculated that US$74.6m would be needed to provide full compensation to all workers, of which the brands are being asked to contribute US$33.5m. For Tazreen, US$6.4m is required, with US$2.9m being sought from the brands.

The labour and worker rights campaigners said that at the meeting, international experts outlined best practices for the establishment of a compensation fund, overseen by a multi-stakeholder committee, which could be created through an agreement by all the parties involved.

However, no such agreement was reached at this meeting, although the brands present committed to continuing discussions on this issue.

Primark said it remains concerned about the length of time it is taking to agree a framework for long-term compensation.

ZM Kamrul Anam of the IndustriAll Bangladesh Council said: "We appreciate Primark having already made a three month salary payment to the injured and victims' families. But when I go back to Bangladesh they will ask me what more was decided here.

"Those families need food, medicine and housing. Please, all brands and retailers, match that three months salary for these people in urgent need. Some time can be expected to establish a sustainable solution, but an immediate payment to help these families must be made now."

At the Tazreen compensation meeting on Wednesday (11 September), C&A tabled its compensation initiative for the victims and said it was committed to finding a definitive solution.

German clothing company Karl Rieker, which was also in attendance, signalled its readiness to contribute and was commended for positive participation in the Tazreen discussion.