Compensation is long overdue
It is over a year since Rana Plaza collapsed and 1,138 people lost their lives and over 2,000 more were injured. Nothing can replace the loved ones lost, or erase the trauma both physical and mental suffered by the survivors, but they should not have to have the extra burden of not having their financial losses at least covered.
The Rana Plaza Arrangement is an unprecedented coordinated approach which will ensure all those who have suffered due to the collapse will receive payments to cover loss of income and medical costs.
US$40 million is needed in the Arrangement Trust fund to ensure payments can be made. The claims process has begun. Now we are calling on all brands to pay up immediately. Join us in calling on brands to act.
Which brands have contributed to the fund?
To date the Donor Trust Fund has received just 1/3 of the funds it needs to be able to ensure all the families of victims and the survivors receive the compensation they require. Just half the companies who were connected to factories in the building have made contributions, they include:
Bonmarché, C&A Foundation, Camaïeu, El Corte Inglés, Inditex, KiK, Loblaw, LPP S.A., Mango, Mascot, Premier Clothing, Primark and Walmart and The Children's Place through BRAC USA.
But nearly all of these brands have failed to make a significant enough contribution and we are calling on them to increase their donations immediately.
N Brown Group, VF Corporation and The Gap have also made contributions as brands who source from Bangladesh, but had not had a sourcing relationship with Rana Plaza.
A dark day for fashion
On April 24th 2013 Rana Plaza a building housing five garment factories, in the Savar area of Bangladesh's capital Dhaka, collapsed.
Nine stories of concrete came crashing down killing 1,138 people and injuring over 2,000 more. It was the worst industrial accident to ever hit the garment industry and the images shocked the world.
At least 27 global garment brands had recent or current orders in with the five garment factories in the building. Nearly all those who died or were injured were garment workers. Many had been ordered back into the unsafe building by factory owners despite the building being evacuated the day before when giant cracks appeared in the walls.
A wake up call
In the immediate aftermath of the collapse the world's media descended on Dhaka and the terrible fate faced by so many was front page news.
This led over 150 companies to sign the Accord on Fire and Safety in Bangladesh, a legally binding and independent agreement designed to make all garment factories in Bangladesh safe workplaces.
This is an important step in ensuring such a terrible disaster doesn't happen again but for the survivors and the families of the dead it provides little relief.
Ten months on, the suffering continues
For the many who were in that building on that terrible day, and the families of those who never made it out there is little escape from the suffering they have endured.
They suffered terrible injuries, lost husbands and wives, children and parents, brothers and sisters; and will bear the physical and emotional scars for life. This can never be compensated for, but they can and should be compensated for loss of income and medical costs before one year has passed.
Brands must act now.
Rana Plaza survivors demand brands pay up
Listen to the experiences of some of the survivors of Rana Plaza as they call on brands to Pay Up! (credit: Rainbow Collective.)
Hear more about Shila's story, one of the women featured in the film here.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
We are calling on all major brands to make a significant contribution to the Rana Plaza Donor Trust Fund and publicly declare this.
You can see the list of brands who have not even made an initial contribution yet and the brands who need to increase their contributions here.
Here are 5 things you can do now.
- Sign this petition with our partners Labour Start calling on all brands to pay up.
- On Facebook?
- Then please post this Pay Up! logo on your page and tag all the brands that have failed to pay up and urge them to make a substantial payment.
- Change your cover photo - we have a couple for you to chose from here.
- On Twitter? Please tweet "@Benetton please #payup for the victims of #RanaPlaza it is long overdue! #cleanclothes"
- Near a store? Then why not personalise this letter and deliver it to the store manager. (It is addressed to Benetton - but you can adapt it for all the stores near you!)
Further information on Rana Plaza
- Still Waiting a report looking at the lack of compensation paid to victims of Rana Plaza and Tazreen Fashions.
- On May 24th 2013 activists across the world took action calling for brands to Pay Up!
- At the beginning of 2014 US brand GAP received the Public Eye 'award of shame' for their failure to sign the Bangladesh Accord.
More information on the Rana Plaza Arrangement please visit their site here.
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