A year on from Rana Plaza, families still await millions in compensation

Rubble from the Rana Plaza collapse in April 2013 Photo: Associated Press

Nazma's husband was one of 1334 people who died when the Rana Plaza building collapsed a year ago.

When ITV News last spoke to her in October she was pregnant, she has since given birth to Jewel, who she named after her husband.

Financial support has started to come through but it's from a confusing array of sources and has not been enough for the two of them to live on.

"So much help is coming from so many places...but I will not work in the garments industry anymore."

Nazma has received money from Primark (even though she didn't make its clothes), from ActionAid, from a local school, from government and from the "official" Rana Plaza Donor Trust Fund.

Over 1,100 people died when the factory building collapsed Credit: Reuters

Charities and unions say that £24 million is needed to provide for the injured and the families and friends of those who died. Twelve months on and £14.9m has yet to be found.

The union IndustriALL says it knows of 28 retailers and brands that sourced clothing from the Rana Plaza site, of which 14 have yet to contribute to the fund - a response the general secretary, Jyriki Raina, describes as "woefully inadequate".

There have been some more positive developments though.

The Bangladeshi government has agreed to raise the minimum wage from 38 to 67 US dollars a month - remember 4.2 million people make clothes for export.

Meanwhile the factories they work in, there are an estimated 3,500 of them, are in the process of being inspected.

Earlier today I spoke to Rob Wayss, the man who is coordinating inspections of behalf of 160 retailers and brands in Europe.

Relatives of the victims are demanding more compensation Credit: Associated Press

He has 13 teams looking at fire safety, electrical wiring and the structural integrity of buildings. To date there have been 400 inspections.

The results have been unsurprisingly terrible. Ten factories have been told to cease trading immediately and the buildings evacuated. Every factory has issues.

"Some owners tell me that fires break out at their factories every day and that they are quickly extinguished. They're almost proud, they see it as proof they can cope," he told me.

The inspections are paid for by European retailers, repair work by the factory owners. By the time the programme concludes in four years time Mr Wayss says Bangladesh's factories will be as safe as anywhere in the West.

The trouble is that his programme covers 1600 factories, the remaining 2,000 are being inspected by different organisations. I asked him if they were as rigorous. "In theory they are done to the same standards so, let's hope so", he said.