Irish fashion chain Primark is going to increase the compensation for the Rana Plaza disaster victims once again. It is also urging other brands to do the same. 1,129 workers lost their lives in the disaster last April, which brought the miserable factory working conditions to the forefront.
Only Primark is paying
At this moment in time, no agreement has been reached to create a fund to compensate the victims. Organizations fighting for worker rights in this particular industry are blaming major corporations of trying to sidestep their financial responsibility.
Primark has been the only company so far with compensations, now announcing a third batch of payments. The Irish company has also been working on a plan to keep paying victims in the long term.
Other brands refuse to compensate
That was not all: "Primark is calling on other brands involved in the Rana Plaza disaster to make a contribution by paying short-term aid to some 3,000 workers, or their dependents, who made clothes for their labels”, the company stated in a press release.
A large part of the 28 brands with clothes being made in the factory refuse to take responsibility: they claim they had "no knowledge" of how their clothes were being out-sourced to the cheap labour sources in the factory.
(translated by Gary Peeters)