‘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.”

NOTE TO EDITORS

The video is at the link below.

http://www.waronwant.org/news/latest-news/18006-video-bangladesh-rana-plaza-sweatshop-disaster-survivors-we-need-compensation

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

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