Target: Tazreen Fashion
Goal: Compensate and provide medical treatment for the victims of a disastrous and deadly fire
Last year, a fire in a Bangladesh factory killed 112 people, and the survivors are being left to struggle on their own. Not only have they lost their income, but they have been forced to sell their possessions to get adequate medical treatment that the factory refuses to provide. One worker has even resorted to begging for money. With witnesses claiming that the managers were at fault for allowing conditions that led to the disaster, it is only justifiable that Tazreen Fashion pays workers for their treatment and compensation.
Months before the Tazreen fire, workers claim that they were filling a big order for international retailers such as Walmart, Sears, Karl Reiker, and Teddy Smith. (When reached for comment, all of the companies claim that Tazreen was making the products without their consent.) Workers who were present during the fire claim that their managers told them to ignore the fire alarm and keep working. They also claimed that factory personnel locked all of the exits on several floors of the building and other exits were blocked by stock items.
Only four companies, including the government, have stepped in to compensate the workers, totaling to $1,267 which quickly ran out. Other workers who were injured by jumping out of the building claimed that they didn’t receive any health benefits because they were not healthy enough to begin with. Others who told their story to officials were deemed liars, despite their injuries. It is calculated that the compensation for both the injured and deceased workers should total to $5.7 million.
It is apparent that the managers and other factory personnel were at least partly at fault for the loss of life and injury sustained during the fire. It should have been their responsibility to ensure that their workers were looked after; instead they cared more about filling out orders. Sign this petition and demand that the factory pay up for the losses their workers incurred.
Dear Tazreen Fashion,
Last year, 112 of your workers perished in a factory fire. If the factory personnel reacted correctly to the fire alarms and led the workers out, instead of locking the exists and forcing them to work, this tragic loss of life wouldn’t have happened. You have a chance to partially rectify your mistake.
The survivors of the fire haven’t received compensation or adequate treatment for their injuries. Many of them cannot work because of the injuries sustained from burns or jumping out of the building. This factory is responsible for their suffering and as such, Tazreen Fashion should pay for their loss of income and any medical care they need. It is estimated that these workers, both the survivors and deceased, should receive $5.7 million. I implore you to fully compensate your workers; they do not deserve to suffer for the mistakes of their employers.
[Your Name Here]
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