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19 Dic 2016

European Center for Constitutional & Human Rights

Q&A on the Compensation Claim against KiK

Paying the price for catastrophes: Survivors of Pakistani factory fire sue German clothing retailer KiK...260 dead and 32 injured: In the fire disaster on the 11th of September 2012, the employees of the Ali Enterprises textile factory in Karachi paid the ultimate price for KiK’s clothing. Before the fire they had been working for a pittance under inhumane conditions...They are demanding justice from KiK...Since December 2012, there have been negotiations regarding long-term compensation...Those affected demanded payment of the Pakistani minimum wage for three years. Additionally, KiK was to accept joint responsibility for the fire safety deficiencies. But KiK stalled on talks with the relatives and the survivors of the catastrophe in Karachi and then, in December 2014, made an inadequate offer. The company indicated that there will be no damages for pain and suffering. Those affected were to initially get a payment of $1,000. But the company did not want to commit to concrete figures regarding long-term compensation. It rejected any responsibility for those killed and injured in Karachi...The plaintiffs have filed a legal action for damages. They demand € 30,000 compensation per victim...

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