21 November, 2013As negotiations continue toward a compensation agreement, IndustriALL Global Union and UNI Global Union are marking one-year since the factory fire that killed at least 112 workers on 24 November 2012.
Tazreen survivors and members of victims' families shared their stories of the day with IndustriALL and UNI at the site in October.
Watch this video to hear one of these accounts.
IndustriALL Global Union general secretary Jyrki Raina said:
The stories of the Tazreen survivors are so harrowing. Still now, one year after the deadly fire, anyone visiting the site can see the fire damaged building where workers jumped from the third floor windows to escape. Many of those survivors broke their legs when jumping to safety.
The psychological scars are worse than those on their legs. Many survivors talk of being ordered to remain at their posts while managers safely escaped via stairways, of hearing their colleagues scream, and of never seeing their friends and relatives since the moment the smoke filled the factory.
I hope these stories are known by those complacent brands who have stayed outside of the compensation negotiations after sourcing from Tazreen.
One year has passed and families are in extreme hardship because the Tazreen factory was allowed to become a death-trap.