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Friday 22 September 2017

Penneys commits to further aid for Rana Plaza victims

PENNEYS ON O'CONNELL ST DUBLIN.
PICTURE BY DAVID CONACHY. 29/6/02.
PENNEYS ON O'CONNELL ST DUBLIN. PICTURE BY DAVID CONACHY. 29/6/02.
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Primark group has agreed to an increase in short-term financial aid for workers - and their families - affected by the Rana Plaza tragedy - it has emerged in Geneva.

The discount clothing company, which trades under the brand Penneys in Ireland, is an enormously popular chain across Europe.

However, a devastating fire at a factory in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,000 people in April this year, threatened to tarnish the bargain firm's image. 

The factory had been manufacturing garments for Primark and a number of other fashion labels.

Primark has already provided short-term financial aid and food aid to over 3,000 workers following the disaster. 

While expressing concern at the length of time to agree a framework for long term aid, Primark has agreed to provide food and assistance for a further three months.

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