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IndustriALL seeks compensation for Tazreen victims
24
Nov '15
On the eve of the third anniversary of the Tazreen factory fire in Bangladesh, IndustriALL Global Union has called upon international brands that sourced from the garment factory to pay into the fund for victims.

On 24 November 2012, approximately 120 garment workers burnt to death and 300 more were badly injured in the fire. Exits were locked and more than 100 workers were sustained serious injuries as they jumped from the upper floors of the factory building to save themselves.

The anniversary falls just as Walmart, Tazreen's biggest customer, can expect massive sales during Thanksgiving week. The US brand still refuses to pay compensation to victims' families and the injured.

One year ago, IndustriALL Global Union together with the Clean Clothes Campaign, C&A and the C&A Foundation signed an agreement, brokered by the International Labour Organization, to set up the Tazreen Claims Administration Trust to give compensation to victims from a dedicated Fund.

The Trust, which is based on the successful claims procedure used for thousands of Rana Plaza victims, will make payments to cover loss of income and medical treatment, IndustriALL said on its website.

Brands and retailers with revenue over $1 million are being asked to pay a minimum of $100,000 into the Fund.

Only C&A, Li & Fung (which sourced for Sean John's Enyce brand) and discount German retailer KiK have paid so far.

Other brands that sourced from Tazreen and have not paid are Spanish department store El Corte Ingles; U.S. brands Disney, Sears, Dickies and Delta Apparel; Edinburgh Woolen Mill (UK); Karl Rieker (Germany); Piazza Italia (Italy); and Teddy Smith (France).

Monika Kemperle, IndustriALL's assistant general secretary, said, “The Tazreen Claims Administration Trust provides real hope to victims who can expect to start receiving payments in the coming months. While we thank the brands that have already paid, we are completely dismayed that Tazreen's biggest customer, Walmart, won't fork out after three long years. Once again, Walmart is ignoring its responsibilities and failing victims.”

KiK is the only brand to be involved in all three of the 'big three' tragedies to hit the garment industry in recent history – Tazreen, Rana Plaza also in Bangladesh, and the 2012 Ali Enterprises factory fire in Pakistan which killed 254 people.

While the processes to pay compensation to the victims of Rana Plaza and Tazreen are underway, the Ali Enterprise case has yet to be properly addressed. (SH)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk - India

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