Summary of the Coordination Committee meeting of March 18, 2014
At its extraordinary session on March 18, the Rana Plaza Coordination Committee unanimously reaffirmed the single approach to compensation for the 3600 Rana Plaza victims or their families under the Coordinated Arrangement based on ILO Convention 121 and national law. It further decided the following points and steps for implementation:
- Primark is taking 100% responsibility for the compensation of about 600 of the beneficiaries which will be made under the Coordinated Arrangement by being calculated and recognized under the single approach. (Primark’s methods may result in upwards adjustments or additional financial aid in certain cases.) A technical arrangement for coordination of efforts will ensure the same or equivalent results and services for the 600 NWB beneficiaries as for all other beneficiaries. Primark’s payments will thus be benchmarked against the single approach and coordinated in timing to prevent confusion and potential adverse consequences.
- There will be a unified clear communications message on the above, including in a canvas outreach to the RP victims or their families which will be conducted prior to any payments being made.
- A timeline was set for all beneficiaries’ claims to be received within 3-4 months from the start of operations next week, and to be processed within approximately 6 months. A first batch of beneficiaries (New Wave Bottoms workers) will receive a first instalment of compensation directly from Primark of up to 20 per cent or other percentage agreed; that same percentage will be used for a second batch of beneficiaries paid through the Trust Fund before April 24 following processing of their claims. In addition, all eligible beneficiaries will receive an advance payment of BDT 50,000 before April 24, which will be deducted from the total award due to each beneficiary at time of processing.
Before end of April, the Committee will review the fruits of the intensive resource mobilisation pre-anniversary, and set further time frames to proceed with instalment payments, including by Primark to NWB workers. The Committee noted Primark’s statement that for its purposes 100% pay-out would be optimal before end of May, and agreed that this would be reviewed by end of April.
A summary of the minutes is available as a PDF