A fire destroyed the lives of 55 Moroccan workers, among which 35 women, in a mattress factory in Hay Hassani, an industrial district of the city of Casablanca.
According to aljazeera.net, “Civil protection officials said it had become clear that safety norms had not been applied in the Rosamor factory in the south-west of Morocco’s biggest city.”
An emergency officer said managers had locked in staff during work hours to stop theft, trapping them in the fire on Saturday. The blaze quickly turned into an inferno, burning victims alive, while others leapt to safety, but many women workers were too scared to jump and were trapped.
Unfortunately, In a country where a savage and primitive predatory form of capitalism has flourished, endemic corruption, a quasi-absence of state regulations, added to a systematic abuse of workers’ rights, tragedies like the one that struck Casablanca might reoccur.