UPDATE 3-Retailers divided over Bangladesh factory victims compensation

Thu Sep 12, 2013 4:06pm EDT
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* IndustriALL targets $74.6 mln fund for Rana Plaza

* Victims of Tazreen fire in November also under discussion

* Primark frustrated at delays, extends short-term aid

* Wal-Mart, Benetton, Mango did not attend

By Emma Thomasson

BERLIN, Sept 12 (Reuters) - A group of retailers and clothing brands failed on Thursday to establish compensation funds for the victims of two Bangladesh factory disasters, as many companies that sourced clothes from the buildings decided not to take part in the process.

At talks chaired by the International Labour Organisation in Geneva, the brands discussed setting up funds to compensate the victims of both the Rana Plaza disaster in April, when an eight-storey building collapsed, killing 1,129 people, and a fire at the Tazreen factory in November 2012, which killed 112 workers.

The collapse of Rana Plaza, a factory built on swampy ground about 20 miles outside Bangladesh's capital city Dhaka, ranks among the world's worst industrial accidents and has galvanised brands to try to improve safety standards at suppliers.

But only nine out of the 28 brands being supplied from Rana Plaza came to the Geneva meeting, with some of the absentees saying they preferred to pursue their own compensation plans or citing issues with the approach adopted at the talks.   Continued...