WASHINGTON — The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety said Thursday it is extending compensation benefits for another two months to workers displaced by remediation in factories that have been shut down because of structural and fire safety issues.
The alliance, which includes Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Gap Inc., VF Corp. and Target Corp., shut down five factories in May for remediation due to dangerous structural and fire safety issues. It is now extending its original two-month commitment on compensation to four months, as it continues inspecting 630 garment factories its 26 member retailers and brands use in Bangladesh. The alliance has said it has completed inspections at more than 500 factories and paid wages to 1,000 displaced workers to date. It expects to complete inspections of all of the factories by the end of the month.
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