‘Time for Abbey to act strictly on Matalan justice'

11 October 2013 - 10:46am
Press release

Fashion chain model urged to support Rana Plaza victims

The anti-poverty charity battling to win compensation for destitute victims of the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh today urged Strictly Come Dancing star and Matalan model Abbey Clancy to back their calls for help.

The appeal, from War on Want, also went to Mango model Miranda Kerr, as both retailers have offered no compensation to the bereaved and injured, more than five months since the tragedy.

Over 1,100 people were killed and thousands more injured in April this year, in the collapse of a building which housed factories that made clothes for Matalan, Mango, Benetton, Primark and Bonmarché.

Benetton and Bonmarché have also failed to offer compensation.

Primark is the only retailer to have given even any emergency support.

Last month Mango and Benetton snubbed compensation talks hosted by the International Labour Organisation in Geneva.

War on Want hopes Abbey and Miranda will use their popularity to push Matalan and Mango into action.

The plea from War on Want came as the charity launched video testimonies from Rana Plaza victims.

The video (see note), filmed by War on Want programmes officer Laia Blanch, includes a mother who relied on the earnings of her daughter, who died on the third floor of the Rana Plaza block.

She says: “How are we supposed to survive? How can we eat?”

Another mother whose daughter was killed, leaving her to care for two small grandchildren, appeals for full compensation, as the family struggle to survive.

Blanch said: “Our video shows the desperation of bereaved mothers who lost vital family breadwinners in the disaster and now face dire hardship.

“Many others were injured and cannot work, while retailers make big profits from the clothes they produced.

“We hope Abbey and Miranda will appeal to Matalan and Mango to fully compensate these victims now.”


The video is at the link below.


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


A Living Wage for Workers

The right to be paid a living wage is a basic entitlement of all working people the world over, whether they work in the public or private sectors, in the global South or North.

Latest news

Show McSolidarity this International Workers Day

19 April 2018 - 4:30pm
The McStrike is back and bigger than before. We’ve put together the following list of actions so you can show your McSolidarity. 
Read more

HSBC faces protest for profiting from human rights abuses

17 April 2018 - 11:45am
HSBC is a major shareholder in companies which supply weapons and military equipment to Israel, which uses extensive and often lethal military against Palestinians, including the recent killing of unarmed protesters in the Gaza Strip.
Over 18,000 people around the UK have contacted HSBC Group Chief Executive John Flint, expressing their concerns on this issue, and HSBC branches in over 20 locations across the UK have been the focus of regular protests and pickets.
Read more

Join the conversation

McDonald's workers from 5 stores have decided to strike. They're calling on the public to support their struggle fo… https://t.co/6NalEyMcxJ 4 hours 54 min ago
RT : "We want £10 an hour and union rights" https://t.co/tr8c0mexRe 5 hours 23 min ago
Workers from 5 McDonalds stores are calling on the public to show solidarity with their struggle for a decent livin… https://t.co/zFWzvjI2tO 8 hours 21 min ago