UPDATE 4-Primark, Loblaw pay out to Bangladesh factory victims

Thu Oct 24, 2013 12:15pm EDT
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* Primark, Loblaw pay 3 months' wages to workers, families

* Call on other chains supplied by Rana Plaza to do same

* Rally to mark six months since disaster

* Focus on improving fire and building safety

By Ruma Paul

DHAKA, Oct 24 (Reuters) - British clothes retailer Primark and Canadian grocer Loblaw laid out plans on Thursday to pay more compensation for the collapse of a Bangladeshi factory that killed almost 1,130 people, as protesters demanded other brands follow suit.

The disaster on April 24 has galvanised most of the clothing industry's big names to try to improve safety standards but they have failed to agree on a compensation fund for victims despite months of wrangling.

It was the world's most deadly industrial accident since the 1984 Bhopal disaster in India and turned a spotlight on working conditions of those making clothes for global household names for a fraction of what they cost in the West.

Children carried placards reading "Please come forward, our parents were killed while working for you. Compensate us", during a rally on Thursday of hundreds of survivors and victims' families at the site of the collapsed Rana Plaza complex.   Continued...