When 17 workers at Schneider Electric in Pakistan asked for increased wages the French company responded by dismissing them. IndustriALL affiliate NTUF is demanding immediate reinstatement of the sacked workers.
On 22 November, the National Trade Union Federation (NTUF) rallied in Karachi, protesting against Schneider Electric’s dismissal of 17 workers when they demanded a wage increase.
All are precarious workers, in direct violation of national law, as they had worked for Schneider for between three and 12 years, without becoming permanent employees.
Under the constant threat of losing their jobs and deprived of various benefits, workers received salaries between US$113 -151.
NTUF’s demands include:
- Immediate reinstatement of sacked workers
- Regularization of services of precarious workers
- Increased wages
- Abolition of the contract system
- End of vindictive action against union members
Valter Sanches, IndustriALL Global Union general secretary says:
We ask Schneider Electric to take immediate action and engage in a constructive dialogue with the NTUF.