On 13th September 2013, Primark, in co-operation with trade union IndustriALL Bangladesh Council, held a further event in Dhaka, Bangladesh to register 296 workers for short-term financial aid. This follows previous events in June and July where 3333 workers registered for the support provided by Primark (equivalent to three months’ wages), and brings the total number of workers registered to 3,602. This support now covers six months’ wages in total since the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in April. It has been offered to all workers including those who made clothing for Primark’s competitors, while the company works in collaboration with NGOs and trade unions on a long-term compensation framework.
On 12th September 2013, retailers who were present in Rana Plaza, were invited to attend a tripartite meeting at the International Labour Organisation in Geneva to discuss arrangements for the long-term compensation. Only nine retailers were reported as attending, out of some 28 retailers who were being supplied by factories in the Rana Plaza building.
Following the meeting, Primark committed to a second short-term financial payment equivalent to a further three months’ salary, as it remains concerned about the length of time it is taking to agree the compensation framework. The company has already paid the equivalent of three months’ salary. To date, Primark will have committed some US$1.5 million to the food distribution programme and short-term financial support.
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