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17 Apr 2015

Katie Forster, Guardian

Rana Plaza: rallies in Bangladesh as victims await compensation

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The second anniversary of the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh, in which more than 1,100 people died, is to be marked by demonstrations organised by survivors and trade union groups...Rallies and tributes will take place on Friday 24 April, at the site where the clothing factory – which supplied garments to western retailers including Primark, Benetton and Matalan...There is still an $8m (£5m) shortfall in the agreed $30m fund set up for compensation. Last Friday Benetton became the last of 29 western brands who produced clothes at Rana Plaza to donate to the fund. The Italian fashion retailer gave $1.1m in response to pressure from an online petition of more than a million people. Benetton says this is twice the amount suggested by the accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers. It has also set up its own rehabilitation programme for victims, but campaigners say this is not enough.