The compensation amount announced by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should be paid to the heirs of the Baldia factory fire victims and the Employees Old-Age Benefit Institution (EOBI) should issue life-time pension cards for them, demanded the speakers of a rally.
The rally was jointly staged on Sunday by the National Trade Union Federation Pakistan and the Association of the Affectees of Baldia Fire Tragedy. The demonstrators marched from the Arts Council of Pakistan to the Karachi Press Club.
Addressing the rally, NTUF central deputy-general secretary Nasir Mansoor said that despite the incident, the government and related departments are yet to take steps to safeguard the lives of workers. He said that 259 workers were burnt alive but no precautionary actions have been taken after this grave tragedy. He said the apathy of the rulers can be gauged from the fact that the aid announced is yet to be given to the families of the victims.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 11th,2014.