On 11 September 2012, in the Baldia industrial area of the Pakistani city of Karachi, a fire broke out in a textile factory. Two hundred and sixty workers died. Trapped in by barred windows and blocked emergency exits, they were either burnt alive or suffocated to death. Thirty two survivors were left seriously injured.
“Unfortunately we still have to rely on the good will of each company,” laments Niema Movassat, a representative of the left-wing Die Linke party in the German Bundestag. Last year the member of parliament and her parliamentary group tabled a bill that would make German companies criminally responsible for the working conditions at their sub-contractors.