Anniversary of the Tazreen Factory Fire

Today is the anniversary of the Tazreen Factory Fire where 117 people were killed and over 200 were injured. The workers were producing garments for Walmart, El Corte Ingles, C&A, KIK as well as many other international brands. This was the deadliest factory fire in Bangladesh’s history. This disaster should have been a warning to the garments industry with regards to the conditions workers were working in but it wasn’t and only 6 months later the Rana Plaza disaster happened where over 1100 workers died. Please take the time to watch this video which is an interview with Shobita Rani a survivor of the factory fire.

This is a scene taken from documentary Udita (Arise)

Six years on, plight of workers remains unchanged in country

KARACHI: The empty blackened structure of Ali Enterprises, the Baldia factory, in which over 250 garment workers were burnt alive, still stands as a horrific reminder of the tragedy that took place in 2012.

Invited by the National Trade Union Federation (NTUF) and Association of Baldia Factory Fire Affectees (ABFFA), the families of the dead gathered here on Tuesday to mark the sixth anniversary of the fire. Continue reading “Six years on, plight of workers remains unchanged in country”