Benetton and Mango: Rana Plaza survivors risk losing their homes

published 01-08-2013 06:55, last modified 12-08-2013 13:51
Thousands of you joined us last May by sending a message to the brands linked to the Tazreen fire and Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh, demanding that they take responsibility by paying compensation. We need your help again. Without adequate compensation, workers now risk losing their homes. Tell Benetton and Mango that the right for compensation unites all people.
Benetton and Mango: Rana Plaza survivors risk losing their homes

Shurima (l) lost her foot during the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory.

In May, one month after the collapse of the Rana Plaza building and six months after the Tazreen fire, thousands of you joined us in sending a message to the brands linked to the two factories, demanding that they take  responsibility by paying compensation to the survivors of these disasters and the families of those who were killed.

Together, we flooded the inboxes and Facebook pages of Walmart, Benetton, Mango, Disney and other brands that were at the factories. Thank you for joining the fight!

We need your help again. Without adequate compensation, workers now risk losing their homes. Shurima (30) lost her foot during the collapse. She has no income anymore. The room she lives in with two others costs 1500 Taka, a third of her monthly wage, which included her overtime payment. She says: “We haven't been able to pay our rent for two months. If we do not pay this month, the landlord will end the contract. Already some people have lost their room.“

Brands can prevent this from happening. IndustriALL Global Union has invited brands linked to the Rana Plaza and Tazreen factories to come to meetings in Bangladesh on 11th and 12th August so they can commit together, in shared responsibility, to paying full and fair compensation.

Tell Benetton and Mango that the right to fair compensation unites all people in the world! Go to https://www.facebook.com/Benetton or https://www.facebook.com/mango.com and call on them to come to the meeting in Bangladesh.

The public outcry over Rana Plaza forced the world's biggest brands and retailers to join the Accord on Bangladesh Building and Fire Safety. Your action helped us win.

The Accord is vital to prevent further deaths but it doesn't help those families struggling to survive in the aftermath of these two disasters. Adequate compensation is needed to help these people start rebuilding their lives.

The brands must pay up now. Until they do these brands are still failing the victims of the Rana Plaza and Tazreen disasters. Go to Mango and Benetton's Facebook and tell them to go to the compensation meeting and commit to paying full and fair compensation to these families.

Read our update on brands and compensation here.

Many Bangladeshi organisations are working hard to alleviate the pain and suffering of the injured and the families of those who died. The National Garment Workers' Federation, a Bangladeshi union, recently brought together two hundred children, orphaned by the Rana Plaza factory collapse. During a sit-in in Dhaka they demanded full and fair compensation for the loss of their loved ones.

Support these families to get the justice they deserve: Tell Benetton and Mango that the right to fair compensation unites all people in the world! Go to https://www.facebook.com/Benetton and https://www.facebook.com/mango.com and call on them to attend the meetings in Bangladesh.

Until all workers and families are fully compensated, no brand is off the hook.

If you are not on Facebook, you can still send an email to companies involved.

Keep checking this website for more actions you can take, stay informed on Facebook and follow the latest news on our campaign via @cleanclothes. And if you haven't done so already, - help Rana Plaza survivors stay in their homes - tell Mango and Benetton to pay compensation.

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