Progress on delivering compensation to families and workers affected by the Rana Plaza factory building collapse earlier this year continues to "frustrate," according to the various parties involved in the negotiations.

At a meeting organised by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) last week, the majority of brands linked to Rana Plaza were again criticised for failing to commit to making a contribution.

Discussions are due to be finalised this month on an 'Arrangement' to provide a mechanism to calculate and distribute compensation, alongside a voluntary international fund into which brands and retailers can contribute.

"The Arrangement has been signed by four brands - Primark, Loblaw, Bonmarche and El Corte Ingles," explains IndustriAll assistant general secretary Monika Kemperle, calling on other brands to follow their example.

"All brands need to step up - and stop hiding or presenting excuses," adds Ineke Zeldenrust of the Clean Clothes Campaign. "No brand can go it alone on compensation - by doing so they will fail the majority of workers and any compensation paid out will be partial, limited and unpredictable."

It is now almost seven months since the building collapse, but the IndustriAll global union says around 90% of all employees of the five collapsed factories are still unable to work due to the psychological damage they incurred.

The next compensation meeting is scheduled for 28 November, and will consider how to incorporate the increased minimum wage for Bangladesh garment workers into the compensation figures.