Primark pays more compensation to Bangladesh factory victims

Thu Oct 24, 2013 4:34am EDT
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* Primark makes new short-term payment to victims of factory collapse

* Calls on other chains supplied by Rana Plaza to follow suit

* Vigil to mark six-month anniversary of disaster

* Progress on improving fire and building safety

By Emma Thomasson

BERLIN, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Primark will make another compensation payment to victims of the Rana Plaza factory disaster in Bangladesh, the discount clothing chain said on Thursday, calling on other international brands to follow suit.

The collapse of Rana Plaza on April 24 that killed 1,129 people has galvanised some of the clothing industry's big names to try to improve safety standards at suppliers but they have failed to agree on a compensation fund for victims despite months of wrangling.

Worker rights groups have accused wealthy western producers of evading financial responsibility for a disaster that highlighted the gruelling and poorly paid conditions in which millions of Bangaleshis work.

Primark, the only retailer that sourced from the factory to pay compensation so far, said it would pay out for the third time to workers or their dependents from New Wave Bottoms, the supplier that was producing clothing for the chain. It had some 550 workers at the factory at the time of the collapse.   Continued...