War on Want stage Mango and Benetton protest

War on Want stage protests outside Mango and Bennetton, after the companies refused to compensate victims of Bangladesh disaster.

Benetton protest by War on Want

In April 1,127 people died when the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed. The majority were female garment workers making the clothes for our high streets.

More than 90,000 people signed a petition by War on Want calling on brands to sign the Bangladesh Safety Accord and pay compensation. In response over 40 global retailers have bowed to pressure and signed the landmark safety agreement.

However, to date only Primark has agreed to pay long term compensation for bereaved relatives and garment workers. According to the anti-sweat shop charity, many have been left without any income and are struggling to survive.

Last week the charity staged a protested outside Mango and Benetton stores. Activists dressed in black and carried a coffin outside the stores on London’d Oxford Street.

War on Want campaigner, Murray Worthy said: “We’ll continue to embarrass these retailers in front of their customers for as long as it takes for them to do the right thing.

“Not only do we need to push for change in Bangladesh, we need the entire fashion industry to be better regulated, to ensure that retailers can’t simply move production from Bangladesh to exploit women elsewhere. We want the greatest possible protection for the women who make our clothes.”

You can keep in touch with the latest on this campaign from War on Want on their website 

 

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