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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: August 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.