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Bangladesh: Protesters call for compensation two years after deadly factory collapse

Hundreds of demonstrators have gathered in the Bangladeshi capital, to remember those killed when a garment factory collapsed two years ago. More

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Bangladesh: Protesters call for compensation two years after deadly factory collapse

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Hundreds of demonstrators have gathered in the Bangladeshi capital, to remember those killed when a garment factory collapsed two years ago.

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I can't support my family, my children can't go to school. I'm crippled forever.

More than 11-hundred people died in the Rana Plaza disaster in Dhaka. The factory had been illegally constructed.

Some of the survivors and relatives of the dead claim they are still waiting for adequate compensation.

“I haven’t received any compensation from the government yet. I can’t support my family, my children can’t go to school. I’m crippled forever,” said Nilufar Begum, a worker who was injured when the building collapsed.

It is claimed that a multi-donor fund to compensate those affected by the disaster is around five and a half million euros short.

The garment industry accounts for more than 80 percent of Bangladesh’s export earnings,employing some four million people.

Global retailers have faced demands to boost safety for workers in the wake of the factory collapse.

While there have been improvements, Human Rights Watch say many employees still face abuse, delayed wages and threats when they join a union.