APPAREL FACTORY DISASTERS IN PAKISTAN, BANGLADESH

Solidarity rally demands compensation for victims’ families

Staff Correspondent

A solidarity rally of apparel workers’ leaders in the city on Thursday demanded compensation for the families  affected in factory disasters in Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Textile Garments Workers Federation and South Asian Garments Workers Alliance jointly organized the solidarity  rally in front of National Press Club.
The apparel labour leaders demanded compensation for the families of the dead and injured workers of Ali Enterprise in Pakistan, Rana Plaza and Tazreen Fashions in Bangladesh.
Similar solidarity rallies were also held in India, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka, said organisers.
Textile Garments Workers Federation president Abul Hossain told the rally that in Pakistan more than 250 workers were killed in a fire in Ali Enterprise in Karachi on September 11, in 2012.
But the family members of the workers who lost their lives were given no compensation in last two years, said Abul Hossain said.
He also demanded payment of due  compensations to the affected family members of the workers who lost their lives were injured in Rana Plaza and Tazreen Fashion disasters.
Labur expert Sultan Uddin Khan demanded compensation from the foreign buyers who bought apparels from the affected factories.
Apparel labour leaders demanded trade union rights in garment factories, stopping workers’ repressions.
They also demanded implementation of ILO Conventions 87 that stipulates freedom of association and protection of the right to organize.
They also demanded implementation of the ILO Convention 98 that says, workers shall enjoy adequate protection against acts of anti-union discrimination in respect of their employment, dismissals or any other prejudice for having union membership or engaging in union activities.
ILO adopted Convention 87 in 1948 at its conference held in San Francisco and Convention 98 in 1949 in Geneva.
Chaired by Abul Hossain, the rally was addressed by garment labour leaders Badruddoza Nizam, Tapan Saha, Nur Alam Khan, Shahida Sarker and Afroza Parvin, besides others.

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