Primark to pay $10 mln more to victims of Bangladesh factory collapse

Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:07am EDT
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* Primark voluntarily pays $12 mln in short and long-term compensation

* $40 million fund sought for injured, families of dead

* Few brands agree to pay into fund so far

* Campaigner pressure mounts ahead of anniversary of collapse

* Low wages helped make Bangladesh second-biggest garment maker

By Emma Thomasson

BERLIN, March 17 (Reuters) - British clothes retailer Primark will pay a further $10 million in compensation to victims of the collapse of a Bangladeshi factory last year that killed more than 1,100 people.

The disaster has galvanised most of the clothing industry's big names to work together to improve safety standards but many brands have shunned a fund that is trying to raise $40 million for the over 2,000 people injured and the families of the dead.

Campaigners are demanding that 27 brands linked to factories in the Rana Plaza complex should contribute to the fund run by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) by the first anniversary of the Apr. 24 collapse.   Continued...