T-shirt tax campaign for Bangladesh victims
A new campaign has been launched in the UK to raise money for the Bangladesh factory collapse victims by urging shoppers to pay a voluntary "T-shirt tax".
The cash is going to the charity ActionAid which will distribute it to the families of victims killed in the disaster, as well as to workers who survived.
Victoria Butler-Cole, a 36-year-old barrister from Kent who came up with the idea, said: "It seems to me we have a moral duty to help. Everyone has something in their wardrobe from Bangladesh. This isn't just the fault of companies who supply cheap clothes."
Butler-Cole said shoppers should consider donating the difference between what they paid for a T-shirt and what it would cost if it had been produced by workers treated property. For example, if a T-shirt produced in Bangladesh cost £3, a £3 donation would be fair, she said.
On Saturday demonstrators gathered outside cut-price retailer Primark's flagship store in Oxford Street. A petition has been launched calling for Primark and other brands, including Matalan and Mango, which used businesses based inside the Dhaka building, to compensate the families of workers killed or injured.
Butler-Cole acknowledged struggling families wouldn't be able to pay a T-shirt tax, and often relied on cut-price clothes. But she said others should consider it. The tax was better than a high-street boycott, which could lead to Bangladeshi workers losing their livelihoods, she added.