Saturday, July 20, 2013

Pakistani workers express solidarity with Indian workers

Karachi—Pakistan’s trade union movement has expressed its solidarity with the workers’ movement of Suzuki Marui in India and demanded the Indian government to accept workers’ demands and release all the arrested labour leaders.

In a meeting of the key trade union and labour leaders, convened by Pakistan Institute of LabourEducation and Research (PILER) at PMA House Friday afternoon, Pakistani workers expressed concern over the growing violence against workers in South Asian region.

Chaired by senior labour leader Noor Mohammad of Port Workers Federation, the meeting was attended by Karamat Ali of PILER, Saeed Baloch of Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum, Lateef Mughal of People’s Workers union, trade union leaders, Jaffer Ahmed, Qazi Siraj, M. A. Warsi, Jannat Gul, Manzoor Razi, Rehana Yasmeen, Sohair Raza, Gul Rehman, Shireen Zada, Yousuf Khattak, Mohsin Raza and others.

Pakistan workers decided to hold a protest demonstration in front of Karachi Press Club and bythe next week a press conference would be held. The meeting also decided to compile a booklet and get signature of the workers of all the countries of South Asia.

Briefing the meeting PILER’s Karamat Ali pointed out that the workers of Suzuki Mauti are struggling for their rights since 2000. On 18 July 2012, Maruti’s Manesar plant was hit by violence as workers at one of its auto factories started protest against supervisors and in a firing incident one of a company official was killed.

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