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Pakistan: Clean Clothes Campaign calls on KiK to take certain steps following the fire at the Ali Enterprises factory

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30 May 2016

Pakistan: Resumption of Baldia factory fire compensation talks welcomed

Author: Daily Times [Pakistan]

The international level talks on the issue of compensation to the affectees of Ali Enterprises fire tragedy are welcomed, noted a general body meeting of the Ali Enterprises Factory Fire Affectees Association (AEFA)....A large number of the heirs of the martyred workers and affectees were present in the meeting that was specially attended by legal experts Dr Remo Klinger, Attorney at Law, Germany; Dr Caroline Terwindt, Senior Legal Adviser ECCHR, Dr Miriam Saage-Maab, Vice Legal Director ECCHR, and Tara Scally from Clean Clothe Campaign, Netherlands....The representatives of the affectees praised the role of mediator of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and termed the resumption of talks for the payment of compensation as an important development. They thanked the participants of the Asia Living Conference in Islamabad for observing a one-minute silence in the memory of the Ali Enterprises martyrs and expressing solidarity with them....The meeting thanked the trade unions, labour organisations and governments of Germany and Holland for their efforts to persuade the German brand KIK to resume talks. It reiterated that the most important stakeholder are the affectees, represented by the association of Ali Enterprises Factory affectees; therefore, their participation in any talks or agreement is a must.

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25 October 2012

Compensating the Workers [Pakistan]

Author: Hasan Mansoor, AFP

A German discount clothing retailer has agreed to pay more than $1.2 million compensation for victims of a Pakistan factory fire…The September blaze at the Ali Enterprises factory in Karachi…killed 289 workers and injured 110 more…German news magazine Der Spiegel reported…that the Kik chain, which the factory supplied with jeans, had agreed to pay a total of $500,000 compensation—less than $2,000 for every life lost. Kik later confirmed to AFP the “immediate” availability of half a million dollars to the families of victims, rising to $1 million. But Nasir Mansoor, head of the National Trade Union Federation (NTUF), a local union for Pakistani factory workers, said his organization and the Clean Clothes Campaign…had forced Kik to up the compensation. “We did not agree with the compensation they had announced. We warned them that we would seek for international justice if they did not share responsibility and deservedly compensated the families,” Mansoor told AFP.

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Company non-response
16 October 2012

KiK did not respond to: Clean Clothes Campaign calls on KiK to disclose names of other buyers from factory; ensure compensation is paid; take measures to prevent future incidents.

16 October 2012

Urge KIK to identify buyers and pay compensation to Pakistan fire victims [Pakistan]

Author: Clean Clothes Campaign

On Tuesday 11th September almost 300 workers were killed when a fire ripped through the Ali Enterprises factory in Karachi, Pakistan…the factory was producing jeans for the German low cost retailer, KIK… the high death toll was caused by appalling health and safety conditions at the factory…Although KIK was forced to acknowledge their role in the tragedy, they have since refused to engage in meaningful discussion and have taken no action to provide remedy in this case…KIK has claimed that extensive auditing…lead to improvements in the fire safety regulations…[and is] in the process of setting up a fund to continue paying wages to the surviving workers…almost one month after the fire none of the workers contacted by the trade union have received any such payment. [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited KiK to respond, KiK refused to comment at this time].

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