Around 500-600 survivors and family members of victims of the Rana plaza collapse gathered in front of the collapse site remembering coworkers, family members or relatives on Thursday, six months from the day of the tragedy.
Several workers groups also gathered there, demanding compensation for the missing, injured, and killed workers.
They also demonstrated on the Dhaka-Aricha highway at 10am.
Leaders from National Garments Workers Federation of Bangladesh told a press conference in front of the collapse site that the 20 world recognised buyers of readymade garments did not attend the compensation fixing meeting that took place in Geneva on September 12.
The 20 companies which failed to show up were Adler, Auchan, Benetton, C&A, Carrefour, Cato Corp, The Children’s Place, Dressbarn, Essenza, FTA International, Gueldenpfennig, Iconix Brand, Inditex, JC Penney, Kids Fashion Group, LPP, Mango, Manifattura Corona, NKD, Premier Clothing, PWT Group, Texman and Walmart.
The leaders of workers organisations and survivors of Rana Plaza called on the retailers to come forward to provide them the compensation they deserved.
The leaders and workers also thanked the nine brands that attended the meeting: Bon Marché, Camaieu, El Corte Ingles, Kik, Loblaw, Mascot, Matalan, Primark and Store Twenty One.
Mosrefa Mishu, the president of Garments Workers Unity Front, told the Dhaka Tribune: “The families of only 777 of the dead victims got compensation from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund. There are many survivors and missing workers’ families who are yet to get any kind of help from the government or Bangladesh Garments Manufacturing Exporters Associations (BGMEA).”
Anon (2013) Rana Plaza collapse victims, families demand compensation. Dhaka Tribune 25 October (http://www.dhakatribune.com/labour/2013/oct/25/rana-plaza-collapse-victims-families-demand-compensation#sthash.kbnXKkfI.dpuf last accessed 25 October 2013)