Friday, September 13 13:31:50
Following yesterday's meeting in Geneva to discuss long-term compensation arrangements for the victims of the building collapse in Rana Plaza, Bangladesh, Primark Stores has committed to paying further short-term financial aid to all workers (or their families).
The clothing company, which trades under the brand Penneys in Ireland, is a popular chain across Europe.
However the company came under enormous scrutiny in April this year following a devastating fire at a factory in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,000 people. The news of Penneys continued support follows the company's earlier commitment to provide short-term financial and food aid, both of which were delivered after the disaster.
The company has registered the details of 3,333 workers as part of this aid programme, creating the first comprehensive database of most workers in the building at the time.
The company remains concerned about the length of time it is taking to agree a framework for long-term compensation. As a result the company will now pay a second tranche of emergency aid, lasting three months.
The seminar itself had a poor showing as only nine brands attended the Geneva meeting. There were some 28 brands being supplied by factories in the Rana Plaza building.