KARACHI: The 9th anniversary of the heartbreaking Baldia manufacturing facility snake pit in which over 260 workers lost their lives was observed here on Saturday.
Jointly organised by the National Trade Union Federation (NTUF) and also the Home-Based Female Employee Federation (HBWWF), the celebration saw the parents, spouses, kids, siblings as well as sis of the dead workers all with wet eyes resting outside the awful tip of their loss, the now vacant Ali Enterprises building, a plain concrete skeleton. The photographs of their enjoyed ones they held up or close to their hearts.
Nasir Mansoor of the NTUF claimed that although 9 years had actually passed after the Baldia factory misfortune, very little had actually changed at such garment manufacturing facilities.
‘ Garments factories are still fatality traps’
” They are still sweatshops, they are still fatality traps and also jails,” he claimed. “We have actually mosted likely to every system to seek justice for the employees who passed away here, as well as we have informed the globe regarding exactly how factory workers are dealt with in our nation since we are still dealing with to obtain them justice right here and also internationally. Some 85 per cent of the stuff manufactured right here in this manufacturing facility was for a German brand,” he said.
‘ All manufacturing facilities here are bombs, which can blow up anytime’
” We are not concerned about whether the fire was created or the outcome of a short-circuit. What we are concerned concerning is the working problems in the manufacturing facility. When the fire burst out, there was no place for the workers to leave the building. The extra exit factors were obstructed by the manufacturing raw material and also the major leave points were locked to maintain the workers inside until completion of the day when it was time to go. The windows were additionally sealed with steel bars fitted in them,” he said.
” This building likewise really did not have any fire alarms and the fire extinguishers were either old, ended or the team really did not understand exactly how to utilize them. The result: mostly all of them either suffocated or were charred active,” he advised.
” As well as they really did not also have proper work. They were all hired on agreements, which robbed them of their lots of advantages as well as funds. What is also worse is that a number of them were underage, indicating that the manufacturing facility owners are additionally guilty of youngster labour,” he stated.
‘ Absolutely nothing has altered’
Zehra Khan of the HBWWF said that they collect below similar to this every year with the family members of the victims to remind the government that there is a demand for focus here. “But nothing has actually altered. All factories right here are bombs, which can explode anytime. And also this is because the examiners that are intended to check these manufacturing facilities to guarantee excellent working conditions are taking bribes from the proprietors,” she claimed.
Habibuddin Junaidi of the Peoples Work Bureau claimed that the bad as well as innocent workers had to shed their lives because of someone else’s incompetence. “However regretfully, the Baldia manufacturing facility occurrence was not the last. Similar incidents are still happening, such as the recent Mehran Community factory fire where some  workers shed their lives. There is no quit to them,” he stated.
Karamat Ali of National Work Council advised that what occurred at the Baldia factory 9 years ago was a criminal offense. “But the people who committed the criminal offense never got punished. We need to join as well as withstand such criminals. We need to join and also arrange ourselves. Preferably, there need to be one such organisation for all garment factory workers and also another for all labourers as well as employees,” he stated.
Saeeda Khatoon of the Association of Baldia Manufacturing Facility Fire Affectees, who shed her young kid in the blaze, said that she still kept in mind seeing off her boy as he left for service that eventful day 9 years ago.
“It was the last time I saw my child’s pleasant as well as happy face. After that I heard that there was a significant fire in the manufacturing facility he worked and after that I knew that he was drawn from me for life. So today is not just an agonizing tip of all that, it is additionally a tip of not surrendering the battle, of elevating our voices versus the oppression as well as of demanding workers’ rights. The loss of our loved ones need to not be in vain,” she said.
Later on, all the relative and rights lobbyists collected commemorated the victims by bathing their photographs with increased petals and also by holding a vigil in their memory.