Tazreen fire : Victims’ families demand

full compensation

Staff Correspondent
Garments workers hold a sit-in organised by National Garments Workers Federation in Dhaka on Sunday, demanding full compensation for the victims’ families. — New Age photo

Garments workers hold a sit-in organised by National Garments Workers Federation in Dhaka on Sunday, demanding full compensation for the victims’ families. — New Age photo

Family members of the victims of the Tazreen Fashions fire on Sunday demanded that the financial assistance received from different bodies be kept outside the purview of compensation package as per International Labour Organisation standards.
Immediately after the accident, family of each of the deceased received Tk 7 lakh in emergency aid from the prime minister, labour ministry, Bankers Association of Bangladesh, Li & Fung, C&A and the BGMEA.
The family members alleged that a conspiracy was on to deduct the amount of emergency assistance received earlier from the compensation to be given as the process of disbursement had been initiated.
The demand was voiced at a token hunger strike organised by National Garment Workers Federation in front of National Press Club.
They also demanded Tk 5 lakh for each of the workers, who were working inside the factory during the incident, on account of pain and sufferings they had gone through.
A fire broke out at Tazreen Fashions Ltd at Ashulia of Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, on November 24, 2012 that had killed at least 114 workers and injured 200 others, mostly women.
NGWF president Amirul Haque Amin chaired the programme while labour leaders Kamrul Ahasan, M Delower Hossain and M Rafik spoke on the occasion, among others.

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