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B’desh Tazreen Fashions’ fire anniversary puts focus on compliance

Two years post the devastating fire in the Tazreen Fashions factory in Bangladesh, an agreement was reached with C&A to establish a fund, with contributions from brands sourcing from the factory, which would provide for loss of income payments and long-term medical treatment. The payments were concluded in June 2016 and a medical trust is still overseeing long-term medical treatment for the injured. In many cases of small factory incidents affected families are not compensated at all.

The compensation arrangements set up post the Tazreen fire and the 2013 Rana Plaza collapse, based on ILO Convention 121, laid the groundwork for a more structural and permanent solution in the form of a National Employment Injury Insurance Scheme. Such a scheme however is still in progress of being developed, Clean Clothes Campaign is therefore advocating a bridging solution to be established as soon as possible to cover those affected by factory incidents till such an Employment Injury Insurance scheme is operational.

Delwar Hossain, the owner of Tazreen Fashions, still has not been held accountable for the negligence which directly contributed to the deaths of these workers.