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Penneys: We will pay compensation to victims of Bangladesh factory collapse

Penneys said it will give money to people who lost family members in the collapse, which killed almost 400 people.

Two boys walk past a wall showing flyers of missing people near the collapsed factory in Bangladesh
Two boys walk past a wall showing flyers of missing people near the collapsed factory in Bangladesh
Image: AP Photo/Wong May-E

CLOTHING RETAILER PRIMARK said today it would compensate victims of the collapse of a Bangladeshi supplier’s textile factory, in which nearly 400 people died.

Primark said it was also working with a local non-governmental organisation to assess the needs of the victims, including providing emergency food aid to families.

“Primark will also pay compensation to the victims of this disaster who worked for its supplier,” the low-cost fashion retailer said in a statement.

This will include the provision of long-term aid for children who have lost parents, financial aid for those injured and payments to the families of the deceased.

Primark is a subsidiary of British food company ABF but has its headquarters in Ireland.

It said it noted that the supplier shared the building with those of other retailers and said: “We urge these other retailers to come forward and offer assistance.”

Spanish label Mango has confirmed its products were made in the same block.

The confirmed number of dead in the collapse five days ago stood at 382, as hopes faded of finding any more survivors in the ruins of what was once an eight-storey factory.

Primark’s pledge came after Bangladeshi textile bosses on Monday pleaded with it and other Western clothing giants to keep doing business with them despite the collapse.

- © AFP, 2013

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