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Breakthrough: A New Safety Accord for Pakistan

Published: December 15, 2022

December 15, 2022 Dear Colleagues: I am pleased to share the news that an agreement has been reached by apparel brands and worker organizations to create a safety program in Pakistan, modeled on the Bangladesh Accord. The program will be a powerful vehicle to address fire and structural hazards in factories across Pakistan, including more than…

Labor rights organizations hail advent of the Pakistan Accord 

Published: December 14, 2022

Expansion of binding international health and safety pact will save garment workers’ lives   After a decade-long push towards factory safety for Pakistan’s garment workers, Pakistani unions and NGO witness signatories to the International Accord today celebrated the announcement of the new agreement:  Nasir Mansoor, General Secretary of the National Trade Union Federation Pakistan, said:…

WRC Communications to Licensees on Wages and Health

Published: August 17, 2022

To: WRC Affiliate Universities and Colleges From: Scott Nova Date: August 17, 2022 Re: WRC Communications to Licensees on Wages and Health I want to share with you two recent WRC communications to licensees concerning compliance with labor law and university labor standards. As always, please let us know if you have questions or wish…

Licensee Compliance with Minimum Wage in Pakistan

Published: July 20, 2022

To: WRC Affiliate Universities and Colleges From: Thulsi Narayanasamy and Scott Nova Date: July 20, 2022 Re: Licensee Compliance with Minimum Wage in Pakistan We write to share the following information concerning minimum wage increases in Pakistan, which will affect tens of thousands of workers making collegiate apparel: The WRC is sending guidance to licensees…

Call to extend new safety Accord to Pakistan

Published: September 10, 2021

When ‘business as usual’ costs lives: workers in Pakistan call for a binding safety agreement

Published: November 14, 2019

By Christie Miedema and Liana Foxvog – In Karachi, Pakistan, 11 September 2012 is ingrained into people’s minds as the day on which over 250 people did not return home to their families after a long day of work. A fire in the Ali Enterprises garment factory had spread rapidly, fed by the bales of finished product…

Ali Enterprises

Published: September 21, 2012

A horrific blaze at Ali Enterprises killed more than 250 people on September 12, 2012. This is the deadliest factory fire in the history of apparel manufacturing and one of the worst industrial disasters ever. Barred windows and locked exits were primary contributors to the vast death toll. The factory had no meaningful fire safety protections and the building itself was illegally constructed.