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Bangladesh: IndustriALL Global Union, Clean Clothes Campaign & C&A outline compensation for Tazreen factory fire victims

Tazreen_Factory_Fires_Photo_Credit_EcouterreTwo years after the deadline factory fire at Tazreen Fashions in Bangladesh killed more than 100 people and injured more than 300 others, an agreement has been reached on how victims will be compensated. IndustriALL Global Union, the Clean Clothes Campaign and retailer C&A, which had been manufacturing product at Tazreen, announced their agreement Monday, and C&A pledged to contribute “a significant amount” toward full and fair compensation for victims, and the final pledge will be made public once the plan is finalized. The payment package will compensate for income lost and medical assessments and treatment. Now the agreement for a compensation scheme has been reached, campaigners are calling on all the brands that sourced from Tazreen Fashions to pay into the fund. 

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23 November 2016

Bangladesh: Tazreen factory fire - four years on, justice yet to be achieved, Clean Clothes Campaign reports

Author: Clean Clothes Campaign

Four years since the Tazreen factory fire: justice only half done, 24 Nov 2016

Four years since the Tazreen factory fire: justice only half done

Today four years ago, a fire broke out in the Tazreen Fashions garment factory in Bangladesh...113 workers died, many more were injured. They were stitching clothes for Walmart, El Corte Ingles, KiK, C&A and many more western brands...Four years on, we have come a long way. An agreement was reached with C&A to establish a fund which would provide for loss of income payments and long term medical treatment for the survivors and the families of the killed workers…using the methodology developed for the Rana Plaza scheme…Several of the major brands sourcing from the factory paid contributions to the fund…Others continue to refuse to take responsibility... there also is still a long way to go before the struggle for justice for Tazreen workers is won...This case follows a long pattern of failure by the Bangladesh government to take action against garment factory owners....

 

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25 November 2014

Agreement on Tazreen compensation announced

Author: Clean Clothes Campaign

Two years after over 120 people lost their lives trapped in the Tazreen Fashions factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, an agreement has been reached between IndustriALL Global Union and their local affiliates, Clean Clothes Campaign and C&A on a system for delivering compensation to the victims of the tragedy...Over recent days the parties have been engaged in ongoing negotiations, facilitated by the ILO, to agree principles for an agreement. Details of the programme will be finalised over coming days, with the hope that compensation will finally delivered...As part of this agreement C&A Foundation has pledged to contribute a significant amount towards full and fair compensation for Tazreen victims, in addition to those funds that have already been committed...Tazreen workers also produced clothing for...other...brands...The Clean Clothes Campaign is calling on these brands to follow the positive example set by C&A in this case and to prove that the needs of the Tazreen victims will now take priority. 

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25 November 2014

Bangladesh: "After Fire, Companies Evade Compensation", Human Rights Watch

Author: Human Rights Watch

Global clothing brands tied to a Bangladesh factory that caught fire two years ago should immediately support full and fair compensation for workers and families of the dead. Survivors of the fire at Tazreen Fashions are still suffering from their injuries and loss of income. Only two out of 16 firms linked to the factory are believed to have paid any meaningful amount of compensation to the victims. Five companies have paid nothing, claiming the factory was making or storing their products without their knowledge or authorization. Other companies have offered undisclosed charitable donations...Companies should not claim that just because they did not know their products were in Tazreen they have no responsibility to the victims...The UN Guiding Principles clearly state that all firms have a responsibility to conduct due diligence throughout their supply chain, and provide a remedy to anyone affected by human rights violations. [Companies named Dickies (USA),Sears (USA), Disney (USA), Teddy Smith (France), and Walmart (USA), Delta Apparels, Sears, Teddy Smith, C&A (Belgium), Edinburgh Woollen Mill (UK), El Corte Ingles (Spain), Sean Combs/Enyce (US), Karl Rieker (Germany), KiK (Germany), Li & Fung (Hong Kong), and Piazza Italia (Italy)].

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25 November 2014

Bangladesh: C&A Foundation pledges ‘significant amount’ towards full compensation for those injured and the families of the dead

Author: Sarah Butler, Guardian

Dutch retailer C&A has agreed to pay compensation to victims of the Tazreen disaster two years after a fire at the Bangladeshi clothing factory killed more than 120 people. C&A Foundation, a charitable group linked to the retailer, pledged to contribute a “significant amount” towards full compensation for those injured in the fire and the families of the dead in a deal with global union IndustriALL and the garment workers’ pressure group Clean Clothes Campaign. Only C&A and Hong Kong-based group Li & Fung have so far put up funds to support former workers at the factory.

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Author: C & A

...Unmittelbar nach der Katastrophe haben C&A und die C&A Foundation gemeinsam für sofortige finanzielle Unterstützung der 112 Familien der Todesopfer gesorgt und einen weiteren Hilfsfonds zur fortlaufenden finanziellen Unterstützung von 49 erwachsenen Angehörigen eingerichtet...Im Rahmen des Programms helfen wir den Kindern, durch die Deckung ihrer monatlichen Ausgaben und über einen Ausbildungsfonds ihre Zukunft langfristigzu sichern. Darüber hinaus unterstützt das Partnerprogramm mit der Caritas verletzte Arbeiter beim Lebensunterhalt, bei der Miete sowie mit medizinischer und psychologischer Betreuung...Als nächsten Schritt im Rahmen unseres Engagements haben wir uns mit der Clean Clothes Campaign und IndustriALL auf ein Entschädigungsverfahren geeinigt, zusätzlich zu den bereits von C&A und der C&A Foundation zur Verfügung gestellten Entschädigungszahlungen...

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Author: Kampagne für Saubere Kleidung

In letzter Minute wurde eine Vereinbarung zwischen der Clean Clothes Campaign,dem internationalen Gewerkschaftsdachverband IndustriAll und C&A erreicht. Darin erklärt sich das Unternehmen bereit, Entschädigungszahlungen an die Opfer und Hinterbliebenen des Brandes zu zahlen...C&A hat eine angemessene Summe für den Fonds zugesagt. Nun sind auch die anderen Unternehmen...aufgerufen, in den Fonds einzuzahlen...Neben den einkaufenden Unternehmen kommt der Regierung von Bangladesch eine Verantwortung zu, die Arbeits- und Menschenrechte der Beschäftigten in der Bekleidungsindustrie sowohl gemäß dem Arbeitsgesetz von Bangladesch als auch den ILO-Konventionen zu schützen. Zwar bemüht sich Entwicklugnsminister Gerd Müller mit der Schaffung des Textilbündnisses um eine freiwillige Initiative zur Umsetzung von Sozialstandards in der gesamten Lieferkette, doch bisher verweigert ein großer Teil der Textilbranche seine Unterschrift unter den Aktionsplan...

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