LONDON — Aware that it is taking time for the clothing industry to put together the mechanisms for long-term compensation payments that have been pledged by some brands, Primark has promised to alleviate the immediate suffering of victims of the Rana Plaza tragedy through three measures. The gesture includes the workers who were manufacturing clothes for Primark’s competitors.
For six weeks, short-term financial aid will be provided to all workers and/or their families and dependents in the building, including those working in factories that supplied the other 20 or so brands that were being produced in the building. Details of the delivery of this interim assistance will be resolved as a matter of urgency, and Primark hopes to start making these payments within seven days.
Primark is also working quickly to settle an appropriate, long-term financial compensation package for the employees working in its supplier factory. However, this will take time, as a reliable list of those who worked in the factory that supplied Primark at the time of the building collapse is not yet available and is required before any long-term compensation can be paid.
Additionally, the brand is working with advisers to ensure that the vulnerable recipients of long-term compensation are protected and their interests safeguarded.
Finally, Primark is continuing to provide food aid to about 1,000 families a week.
“The company was the first brand to acknowledge that its suppliers were housed in the Rana Plaza complex. The company was the first brand to commit to paying compensation to workers and their dependents. And the company was the first U.K. brand to sign up to the Accord on Building and Fire Safety,” Primark said. “The company is now extending help to workers who made clothing for its competitors. And the company is working as fast as possible to devise a scheme to provide long-term, secure assistance to workers in its supplier factory. The company has consistently said it will meet its responsibilities in full in this matter.”
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