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Rana Plaza compensation 'still an unresolved issue'

The compensation packages for workers and families caught up in the Rana Plaza factory collapse are 'still an unresolved issue', says charity Action Aid.

the site of the Rana Plaza factory collapse Credit: ITV News

28 high street retailers and clothing brands were found by global trade union IndustriAll to be sourcing clothes from the factories at Rana Plaza and only 14 of these have so far contributed to the Rana Plaza Donor Trust Fund.

Companies that have contributed to the fund so far include UK brands Bonmarché, C and A Foundation, Primark, Premier Clothing, Mango, Asda, Gap and Walmart.

'Life still a struggle' for Rana Plaza victims

The victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse are still struggling to cope financially, a year on from the disaster in Bangladesh.

Naneen Akter Nazma lost her husband in the collapse. She told ITV News that she is still too afraid to work as she is concerned that another factory could collapse like Rana Plaza.

"I'm very scared. I'm even scared to do any job and I don't want to go to any garment factory. I don't want to work anywhere like it. Another factory will collapse like Rana Plaza." she said.

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Background: Rana Plaza factory collapse

More than 1,100 people werekilled and more than 2,500 injured after the eight-storey Rana Plaza factory building near Dhaka, Bangladesh collapsed on 24th April last year.

More than 1,100 people were killed after the Rana Plaza factory collapsed. Credit: Reuters

A government investigation found that poor quality construction materials and building code violations were among the "series of irregularities" that caused the collapse inthe factory which was linked to several high street names in the UK.

A firefighter tries to control a fire at a garment factory in Savar, outskirts of Dhaka. Credit: Reuters

At least 112 people were killed when a fire swept through a garment factory on the outskirts of Bangladesh's capital in November last year.

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Fire door padlocked shut in Bangladesh garment factory

One of the undercover workers filming in a factory in Bangladesh finds that the fire exit on her floor is padlocked.

The following morning 'Laboni' finds the door still locked: "Look this is locked. If this factory were to catch fire then will we be able to escape?"

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This is a particular worry after at least 112 people were killed when a fire swept through the Tazreen garment factory in Dhaka.

Young girl physically and verbally abused at factory

Secret filming in a factory shows physical and verbal abuse aimed at a young girl. The girl, who says she is 14-years-old is stopped by the shift supervisor from getting water, moments later he yells at the girl for failing to cut all the loose thread from a pair of jeans.

Jeans with Lee Cooper labels were seen inside the factory.

This video contains footage of a young girl being verbally and physically abused:

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Arcadia: 'No BHS goods made' at danger factory

Shirts with labels which matched those found stored in a factory in Bangladesh were found for sale in a BHS store in London's Oxford Street.

Arcadia Group, who own BHS, were told that their shirts were found stored in the Vase Apparels factory and of the conditions seen there where a fire door was padlocked shut.They said:

We have carried out a full investigation with our supplier The Fielding Group Ltd, who have categorically confirmed to us that no BHS goods have been made at Vase Apparels.It has been made known to us that the owner of Vase Apparels operates other factories in Bangladesh and some goods for BHS were stored in the factory concerned. Our Group operates in over 40 countries and arranges inspections of hundreds of factories each year. We take our responsibilities seriously in all the countries our suppliers source from.

– ARCADIA GROUP STATEMENT
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Lee Cooper: Production is 'counterfeit or unauthorised'

LeeCooper declined to be interviewed by Exposure and company executives rejected an offer to view the footage gathered during the investigation.

In a brief statement they said:

“We employ a strict set of rules to ensure our licensees source responsibly and can confirm that this production is either counterfeit or unauthorised.

"We will take all steps to eliminate the unlawful production of Lee Cooper branded products.”

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