Inditex invites companies to join September start-up of relief scheme for victims of collapsed factory, Bangladesh
Author: Clean Clothes Campaign, Published on: 26 July 2006
Spanish-based retailer Inditex sent a letter to invite brands to participate in a Voluntary Relief Scheme to provide much needed support to workers who were injured and the families of those who died when the Spectrum / Shahriyar factory collapsed on April 11, 2005. Spectrum / Shahriyar was a garment factory supplying Inditex (Zara) and many other European retailers, including Carrefour, Cotton Group, Scapino and KarstadtQuelle...The CCC [Clean Clothes Campaign], CCC partners in Bangladesh (unions and NGOs) and Spectrum/Shahriyar workers have all supported the idea of a transparent trust fund involving all companies and Bangladeshi partners, and that includes not only lump-sum compensation payments, but also pensions based on calculations that take wages, family composition and injury level into account. As far as the CCC is informed, the aid fund set up by KarstadtQuelle, Cotton Group , Scapino and Steilmann does not meet this criteria. Therefore, the CCC asks those companies to participate in the Voluntary Relief Scheme.