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Take action and demand justice for victims of Bangladesh building collapse

Over 1,000 people, mostly female garment workers, have been killed in the collapse of a building in Bangladesh which housed factories making clothes for Benetton, Primark, Matalan, Mango and other major brands.

UPDATE 16 May 2013
We did it! The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has been signed by the world’s leading high street brands. Thanks to YOU!



At the midnight deadline the following companies had signed on: Bonmarché, John Lewis, H&M, Zara, C&A, PVH, Tchibo, Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Primark, El Corte Inglés, jbc, Mango, Carrefour, KiK, Helly Hansen, G-Star, Aldi, New Look, Mothercare, Loblaws, Sainsbury’s, Benetton, N Brown Group, Stockmann, WE Europe, Esprit, Rewe, Next, Lidl, Hess Natur, Switcher, Abercrombie & Fitch.

However we’re not done yet.

Gap and Asda-Walmart have failed to sign and have attempted to undermine this vital initiative. It’s not too late: they are still able to join. Let’s keep the pressure on these major brands to do the right thing.

Compensation

Over 90,000 people signed the petition which calls for brands to sign the agreement and pay compensation. Only Primark has committed to paying compensation. Whilst this is good news they have not yet committed to paying full compensation, including lost earnings. The other companies Mango, Matalan, Bonmarché and Benetton have not yet agreed to pay any compensation. We still need to fight for justice for the victims of Rana Plaza and make these companies take their responsibility for what happened.  These companies must pay full compensation, including their lost earnings, to the families who have lost relatives and the workers injured in this disaster.

You can still sign the petition to add your name to the call for compensation:

Take action now and demand UK high street brands take responsibility for this tragedy by paying full compensation to the workers and commit to action to ensure disasters like this become a thing of the past.

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People and rescuers gather after an eight-story building housing several garment factories collapsed in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Dozens were killed and many more are feared trapped in the rubble.
A.M. Ahad/AP/Press Association Images

 

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What you can do now:

  1. Tell Asda (on Facebook and Twitter) and Gap (on Facebook and Twitter) to do the right thing and sign the Bangladesh Safety Accord
  2. Join a protest on the International Day of Action to End Deathtraps on Saturday 29 June
  3. Take action now and demand UK high street brands take responsibility for this tragedy by paying full compensation to the workers and commit to action to ensure disasters like this become a thing of the past
  4. Download our flyer and order free materials about sweatshops
  5. Read War on Want reports and briefings to find out more about the workers who make our clothes
  6. Join the movement and become a member of War on Want

Latest news:

16 May 2013 Matalan, Asda-Walmart and Gap pressed on safety

16 May 2013 At the midnight deadline the following companies had signed on: Bonmarché, John Lewis, H&M, Zara, C&A, PVH, Tchibo, Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Primark, El Corte Inglés, jbc, Mango, Carrefour, KiK, Helly Hansen, G-Star, Aldi, New Look, Mothercare, Loblaws, Sainsbury’s, Benetton, N Brown Group, Stockmann, WE Europe, Esprit, Rewe, Next, Lidl, Hess Natur, Switcher, Abercrombie & Fitch.

15 May 2013 Bonmarché and John Lewis sign up!

15 May 2013 24hrs left – Mango joins Bangladesh safety agreement – Gap and Asda refusing to sign

14 May 2013 M&S, Tesco and Benetton sign Bangladesh safety agreement: Mango and others hold out. The announcement comes in the face of enormous public pressure.

13 May 2013 Primark bows to pressure and signs safety agreement!

1 May 2013 Bonmarché admits it was supplied by companies based in the collapsed building. Bonmarché have now joined Primark, Matalan and Mango on the petition

30 April 2013 After 60,000 people signed the petition, Primark has promised to provide compensation to the victims that worked in its supplier factory while Matalan has fallen short of offering compensation to those affected. Read the companies statements and War on Want's responses

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