21 April 2015
The TUC is today (Tuesday) calling for all clothing companies that source from Bangladesh to make an adequate contribution to the Rana Plaza Fund. Full compensation for the victims should be raised by the second anniversary of the factory collapse which is this Friday (24 April).
Almost 30 companies have publically disclosed donations to the Rana Plaza Trust Fund while others have donated anonymously, however $7 million still needs to be raised.
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
“It is shameful that two years after the Rana Plaza factory collapsed, some companies still have not donated adequately to the compensation fund. Workers and their families urgently need this money to pay medical fees and rebuild their lives after this horrific event. Companies have a moral obligation to put the livelihoods of those who make their clothes in Bangladesh first.”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
- In April 2013 almost 1200 workers, most of them young women, lost their lives when the Rana Plaza factory building collapsed in Savar district, Bangladesh.
- The Rana Plaza Trust Fund is a no-fault fund administered by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Any organisation can contribute to the fund, whether sourcing from Rana Plaza or not. For a full list of contributors go to http://www.ranaplaza-arrangement.org/fund/donors
- The TUC has contributed £16,000 to the Rana Plaza Fund.
- $30m needs to be raised to provide full compensation to the victims of Rana Plaza and their families.
- All TUC press releases can be found at www.tuc.org.uk
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