Published On: Tue, Sep 12th, 2017

Baldia fire affectees observe 5th anniversary of tragedy

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KARACHI: As little progress is witnessed in the promises made by various authorities to provide relief to the families of more than 260 victims of the Baldia factory fire, activists, survivors and families will call anew for long-delayed compensation and improved industrial conditions on the fire’s fifth anniversary.

The association of the affectees of the Baldia factory fire and the National Trade Union Federation (NTUF) will jointly hold a rally outside the Ali Enterprises factory in SITE on Monday to announce their future strategy.

“No safety measures have been taken since the tragedy which could be evident from accidents happening regularly,” said Nasir Mansoor, deputy secretary general of the NTUF.

Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (Piler) also expressed serious concerns on the prevailing health and safety conditions in factories and other work places in Pakistan.

“Our struggle will continue,” said Saeeda Khatoon, who lost her only son in the blaze and heads the association representing the victims’ families and survivors.


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