• Fifth anniversary of Tazreen Fashions factory fire in Bangladesh that killed over 112 workers.
  • Agreement had been reached with C&A to establish a fund with contributions from brands sourcing from the factory.
  • Still a need for a "proper" compensation mechanisms for workers in the Bangladeshi garment industry.
Bangladesh needs a proper compensation mechanism to be put in place, the CCC says

Bangladesh needs a proper compensation mechanism to be put in place, the CCC says

An international alliance has renewed its call for brands to provide compensation to the victims and families of those killed in the Tazreen Fashions factory fire in Bangladesh, on the fifth anniversary of the disaster.

The fire broke out at the Tazreen factory on 24 November 2012, killing more than 112 workers and injuring a hundred others. According to Clean Clothes Campaign, workers sustained back and head injuries from jumping out of windows from the third and fourth floors.

On the anniversary of the incident, the campaign group says that with so many factory accidents still happening in the industry, there is still no permanent solution for compensation for injuries and damage.

"Over two years after the fire an agreement was reached with C&A to establish a fund with contributions from brands sourcing from the factory, which would provide for loss of income payments and long-term medical treatment," it says. "The payments were concluded in June 2016 and a medical trust is still overseeing long-term medical treatment for the injured.

"Five years since the Tazreen fire, extreme uncertainty about when and whether to receive compensation for loss of income is still the norm for those affected by factory incidents in Bangladesh."

The labour rights group says the compensation arrangements set up after the Tazreen factory fire and the 2013 Rana Plaza collapse – based on ILO Convention 121 – laid the groundwork for a more structural and permanent solution in the form of a National Employment Injury Insurance Scheme.

Such a scheme, however is still being developed, which leaves affected families facing the same uncertainty as in the pre-Tazreen and Rana Plaza era. The alliance is therefore advocating a bridging solution to be established as soon as possible to cover those affected by factory incidents until the time that such an Employment Injury Insurance scheme is operational.

"For those affected by the Tazreen fire, the struggle for compensation for loss of income is over, but nevertheless their struggle for full justice continues. Delwar Hossain, the owner of Tazreen Fashions, still has not been held to account for the negligence which directly contributed to the deaths of these workers," Clean Clothes Campaign says.