Protest targets Primark over Bangladesh workplace disaster

26 April 2013 - 5:41pm
Press release

WHAT? Campaigners demonstrate outside Primark's flagship store after the collapse of the block in Bangladesh where workers made its clothes
WHY? Activists will demand Primark ensures full compensation, including loss of earnings, for the victims and action to prevent future tragedies
WHEN? 12 noon BST, Saturday, 27 April 2013
WHERE? Outside Primark, 499 Oxford Street, London  W1C 2QQ (junction with Park Street)

As rescuers continue to search for survivors from the collapsed Bangladeshi block where workers made Primark clothes, campaigners will protest outside its flagship store tomorrow in support of victims and their families.

The demonstration at the store in London's Marble Arch will demand that the retailer pays full compensation, including loss of earnings, to the injured workers and the families of those who lost their lives, and takes action to prevent any future disasters.

It will come on the eve of International Workers' Memorial Day, which marks workplaces deaths and injuries.

Six thousand workers die each day around the world.

The protest will be staged by the anti-poverty charity War on Want, whose sweatshops activist Murray Worthy said: “The disaster in Bangladesh is a tragedy, but it is not an accident.

“If UK high street chains like Primark had put in place proper measures to ensure the workers who make their clothes are safe, these deaths could have been avoided.

“For the families who have lost relatives and the workers injured in this disaster, nothing can undo what they have suffered.

“But, as they face the terrible consequences of this tragedy, it is vital that Primark pays full compensation to the victims and promise to act to ensure these horrific tragedies never happen again.”

War on Want today organised the demonstration as the death toll topped 300 after the eight-storey Rana Plaza building collapsed on Wednesday in Savar, 18 miles from the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka.

One thousand suffered injuries and scores have been pulled alive from the rubble, but other bodies may be found.

War on Want has joined with its Bangladeshi partner, the National Garment Workers Federation, in starting a campaign on the campaign website urging the public to demand that Primark signs the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement in a drive against further disasters.

People can join the campaign at


CONTACT: War on Want media officer Paul Collins (+44) (0)20 7324 5054 or (+44) (0)7983 550728

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