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Bangladesh: Primark pays additional £6m to Rana Plaza victims

Date: 17 Mar 2014


British retailer Primark has said that it will pay an additional sum of compensation to the victims or their families of the Rana Plaza factory collapse which affected one of their suppliers New Wave Bottoms. It had already paid over £1m.

The company will pay most of that sum directly to those affected, with a tenth put into a communal compensation fund. It has expressed a desire that payments should be made as quickly as possible, but has been held back by the ILO which is keen to ensure that there is a proper process to ensure that none of the victims are missed out.

Prior to Primark's donation, less than $5m had been paid, well short of the $40m estimated to be needed. Campaigners said that they hoped that Primark's move would put pressure on other companies to meet their moral obligations to workers that had suffered for being in their supply chain.

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