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Both companies have promised compensation and Primark representatives met Bangladeshi trade union leaders in Dhaka, the country's capital, on April 27 and 28.
The unions want a package based on a formula devised after another disaster in 2005, calculated according to years of service and lost earnings. If applied to Rana Plaza, this would amount to a payment of about £23,000 for the families of each dead worker, with foreign retailers contributing 45 per cent.
"They said they would come back soon with a specific proposal, but there are no further developments and I'm disappointed and also angry," said Amirul Haque Amin, head of the National Garment Workers' Federation. "It's been two weeks and I expected after the meeting [to hear from them] within three or four days."
If half the dead worked for New Wave, the Western retailers would be liable for about £6 million under this formula. Primark made an operating profit of £238 million in the six months to the end of March.
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