On first glance they observed serious problems with health and safety systems and project management. Adequate safety measures had not been implemented, putting workers in unsafe conditions. Permission for the 13th and 14th floor (where work was taking place) had not yet been granted by local administrative authorities. In response, the State Government has announced interim compensation of INR. 200,000 for the deceased workers’ families.
President MBFCWU Dadarao Dongre reacted strongly to the incident. “Greed for profit is driving builders and companies to compromise on health and safety measures and disregard human lives. This has to end. We need to see an end to the kind of collusion between builders and local authorities that contributed to this accident. Strong penalties will act as a deterrent to such behaviour”.
The MBCFWU has initiated consultations with other unions in Maharashtra State to launch a statewide campaign for:
- improved labour inspectorate system; and
- to include trade unions in the monitoring of compliance to health and safety.
On top of this, Maharashtra State unions are demanding that all workers get their due compensation under the Workman’s Compensation Act.