Punish Tazreen owner, say labour leaders
Labour leaders yesterday reiterated their demand for exemplary punishment to those responsible for the Tazreen Fashions.
The fire at the Tuba Group factory in Savar killed at least 112 people, mostly garment workers, on this day two years ago.
“The fire was not an accident. It was a murder,” said Tapon Saha, general secretary of Textile Garments Workers Federation.
The loss of lives could have been minimised, had the factory' doors not been locked, he said at a human chain formed in front of the National Press Club to mark the second anniversary of the fire.
The Tazreen fire and Rana Plaza collapse resulted from gross violations of the labour law, said Abul Hossain, president of the association.
“It is pathetic that the government has failed to ensure proper punishment of the culprits even after two years of the incident,” he said.
They demanded exemplary punishment for Delwar Hossain, managing director of Tazreen Fashions, to discourage such criminal negligence in future.
“There is a culture of impunity leading from culprits never facing any charges. This has to be stopped. Proper accountability is a must to prevent such incident in future,” Abul Hossain said.
Tuba owner Delwar Hossain is now out of jail on bail. He was detained in February.
Labour leaders also demanded proper compensation for the victims of the fire immediately. “Families of the fire victims are still suffering from financial hardships,” Saha said.
The owner must pay Tazreen workers the compensations calculated on the base of lost future earnings, he said.