The survey of 1436 survivors and 768 family members of those that died in the disaster found that the majority are struggling to pay for food, rent, and outstanding debts while awaiting full compensation.
As many multinational brands continue to avoid paying the agreed compensation, the survey found that the victims had so far received average payments of only $1086, with some offered as little as $20.
ActionAid’s Country Director in Bangladesh, Farah Kabir said:
“‘Pocket money’ is not a compensation package and it is offensive that some multinational companies think that small, sporadic cash hand-outs are the same as a lifetime’s earnings.
“What survivors want is a long term compensation package that will support their needs for ten to fifteen years or more, depending on their ability to work following the disaster.
“While companies and national retailers drag their heels on the issue of compensation, thousands of people injured by the factory collapse slip further into physical, emotional and financial trouble.”
So far only US$15 million of the agreed US$40 million agreed has been contributed to the Rana Plaza fund, the mechanism for coordinating compensation for victims and their families.
ActionAid is calling on companies to pay up so survivors and the families of the deceased can receive the compensation they need to rebuild their lives.
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