Protest outside Matalan in Kidderminster

KIDDERMINSTER PROTEST: A small picket was held outside the local Matalan store.

KIDDERMINSTER PROTEST: A small picket was held outside the local Matalan store.

First published in News Kidderminster Shuttle: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A SMALL picket was held outside the Matalan store in Kidderminster last Saturday regarding an industrial tragedy in Bangladesh.

In April 2013 1,129 workers died when the Rana Plaza factory complex in Savar, which Matalan sourced clothing from, collapsed and the protestors want to know whether the retail chain has paid a “fair amount” into the disaster’s official compensation fund.

Seven people took part in the Kidderminster protest and handed out leaflets to members of the public, while similar demonstrations were held outside stores across the country.

The campaign, which has attracted more than 103,000 signatures on its 38degrees.org.uk petition, is calling for Matalan to publish details of its donation.

A spokeswoman for Matalan said: “We at Matalan continue to be deeply shocked by the tragedy at Rana Plaza and its effects on the families of those killed or injured.

“From the beginning we realised that urgent and continued support was needed to get help to the families as soon as possible.

“We wish to make it clear that we have never been ordered by any organisation to pay compensation or been found culpable for the tragedy.

“However our company is happy to continue to make substantial contributions to help the people who need it most.”

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4:04pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Bcfc1186 says...

Lefties with nothing better to do!
Lefties with nothing better to do! Bcfc1186
  • Score: -9

1:51pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Europeanist64 says...

Are people who care about deaths (many of them children) in the third world, and who want big companies to face their moral responsibilities to be labelled as "Lefties with nothing better to do?"

That is no argument. What do expect from a mule, but a kick?
Are people who care about deaths (many of them children) in the third world, and who want big companies to face their moral responsibilities to be labelled as "Lefties with nothing better to do?" That is no argument. What do expect from a mule, but a kick? Europeanist64
  • Score: 7

8:10pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Jerome K says...

It's official, people who care about children dying are lefties, people who think it a joke are righties i.e Tories/UKIP.
It's official, people who care about children dying are lefties, people who think it a joke are righties i.e Tories/UKIP. Jerome K
  • Score: 3

11:19pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Stephen Brown says...

At the end of the day Matalan still used the Rana Plaza complex and bought supplies there. So they can use as many mealy mouthed excuses as they like but they are still culpable for supporting exploitation and endorsing poor safety practices. Yup, they paid into the UN backed fund but only after public pressure. Hardly the actions of a company that puts safety or ethics before profit.
At the end of the day Matalan still used the Rana Plaza complex and bought supplies there. So they can use as many mealy mouthed excuses as they like but they are still culpable for supporting exploitation and endorsing poor safety practices. Yup, they paid into the UN backed fund but only after public pressure. Hardly the actions of a company that puts safety or ethics before profit. Stephen Brown
  • Score: 1

7:56am Tue 12 Aug 14

DOEPUBLIC says...

Well done protest. Sad that Matalan could be so cynical and clinical in response to the loss of lives.
Well done protest. Sad that Matalan could be so cynical and clinical in response to the loss of lives. DOEPUBLIC
  • Score: 3

5:08pm Thu 14 Aug 14

VikEvans says...

Until we, the consumer, are prepared to stop demanding such low prices for goods, then we must accept that we are ultimately responsible for the appalling working conditions of those poor souls. not the companies, for they feed the beast that it hungry for mass production at the lowest cost possible. protest is all well and good, but how many of them have clothing bought from Primark, Matalan and the majority of high street chains whose clothes were manufactured in the same sweatshops? Stones and glass houses.
Until we, the consumer, are prepared to stop demanding such low prices for goods, then we must accept that we are ultimately responsible for the appalling working conditions of those poor souls. not the companies, for they feed the beast that it hungry for mass production at the lowest cost possible. protest is all well and good, but how many of them have clothing bought from Primark, Matalan and the majority of high street chains whose clothes were manufactured in the same sweatshops? Stones and glass houses. VikEvans
  • Score: 5

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