Brands are called upon to fill the gap before April 24 2015.
With one month to go before the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster the three organisations negotiating compensation for its victims are today jointly launching a “countdown campaign” to remind consumers, governments and the brands that almost two years on from the garment industry’s deadliest disaster justice has still not been done for the thousands of worker killed and injured.
UNI Global Union, IndustriALL Global Union and the Clean Clothes Campaign – the three organisations negotiating on behalf of the victims – are ramping up demands on global brands linked to the disaster to fill an USD8.5million gap in the funding needed to deliver full and fair compensation to each of the over 5,000 individuals with eligible claims.
Ineke Zeldenrust of the Clean Clothes Campaign said: “The victims of Rana Plaza have had enough of the broken promises and false sympathy of the brands. They want this to be settled now so they can move on with their lives.
“That we have been unable to secure a mere $30 million from a group of brands that collectively earn tens of billions of dollars profit each year is an outrage – this anger is clearly shared by consumers here in Europe - only weeks ago over a million of them signed a petition calling on Benetton in just a few days. If brands and retailers really want to show to workers and consumers alike that the industry has changed since Rana Plaza, they need to prove it by paying up now, without any further delay. The countdown starts now.”