Workers injured in factory fire in the Philippines

A massive fire in the Cavite Export Processing Zone on February 1 has injured more than 100 workers with at least two in a critical condition. Luckily, so far no fatalities have been reported.  There is some dispute between Government official reports, and unionists, family members and co-workers about the number of people still unaccounted for. The fire took place in Singaporean company, House Technology Industries (HTI), which manufactures housing parts such as shower rooms, windows, and counters made of wood or plastic.  HTI has a shady health and safety record with a previous fire in 2012 blazing for 10 hours before it was able to be put out. Activists are now calling for a transparent investigation, which would include the participation of labour organisations and a proper interrogation of HTI’s OHS compliance certification.