The TUC General Secretary has written to Justine Greening, Secretary of State for the International Development calling on DFID to press companies sourcing from the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh to pay adequate compensation into the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund. It is almost one year since the factory collapsed, killing over 1300 workers.
Rana Plaza Compensation
The TUC attended the meeting on 27 March 2014 between Ethical Trading Initiative members and Alan Duncan. I am pleased the Minister expressed a commitment to address the issue of companies that had not paid an adequate and appropriate sum into the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund. Based on existing figures, we estimate a further £14 million is needed to meet the costs of compensation.
DFID should press all the companies sourcing from Rana Plaza to pay up.
It is important for Ministers to call on companies to pay into the fund by the first anniversary of the collapse of the Rana Plaza building on 24 April 2014 to demonstrate timely steps are being taken to rebuild the lives of workers and their families.
I look forward to hearing from you about what Ministers are doing to encourage companies to make appropriate contributions to the compensation fund.
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