BANGLADESH: Labour groups seek EUR3m for fire victims
Labour groups are seeking EUR3m (US$4m) in compensation for the families of victims killed in the Tazreen Fashion factory in Bangladesh last November.
Bangladeshi trade unions and international organisations are calling on all brands sourcing from the Tazreen Fashion factory to ensure compensation, emergency relief and medical treatment to all those affected by the fire.
The brands are also being urged, along with other key stakeholders, for an immediate and transparent investigation into the events surrounding the fire and to take steps to prevent future tragedies in the industry.
The fire, which took place on 24 November last year, killed at least 112 workers.
The Clean Clothes Campaign estimates that at least EUR3m should be paid to the families of the deceased for damages and loss of earnings.
Brands and retailers are also expected to provide compensation for injured workers, cover costs of emergency relief and medical treatment, and compensate loss of earnings suffered by workers recovering and those left unemployed by the disaster.
"The final compensation should be at least double EUR3m when the full impact on injured and unemployed workers is known, and the real loss of families of workers that died is taken into account," said Tessel Pauli from the Clean Clothes Campaign.
"The figure is a drop in the ocean for global brands, but means survival for Bangladesh garment workers who can earn as little as EUR30 per month. Brands must also take long-term preventative steps to prevent future fires. No more workers should burn to death making our clothes."
Campaigners are also calling for brands to sign on to the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement, developed by Bangladeshi and global unions and labour rights organisations. Last week, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling on all relevant brands to support the agreement.
The programme provides for independent inspections of supplier factories, public reporting, mandatory repairs and renovations, a central role for workers and unions in both oversight and implementation, supplier contracts with sufficient financing and adequate pricing, and a binding contract to make these commitments enforceable.
Both PVH and Tchibo have signed up to the agreement.
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