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Safety is our right, not a privilege

12 September, 2019The quest for workplace safety continues in Pakistan, as unions and workers remembered the victims of the 2012 fire at Ali Enterprises in Pakistan, which killed hundreds of workers. 

Moving towards sustainable shipbreaking in South Asia

4 September, 2019IndustriALL Global Union affiliates representing shipbreaking workers in South Asia met in Kathmandu, Nepal, at the end of August to improve safety and strengthen unions as yet more lives are lost in one of the world’s deadliest jobs.

27 coalminers killed in Pakistan so far in 2019

16 May, 2019At least 27 coal miners have been killed so far in 2019 in Pakistan mine accidents. Trade unions demand that the government immediately ratify ILO C 176 on safety and health in mines.

New Year brings fresh tragedy for Pakistan’s coal miners

3 January, 2019IndustriALL’s campaign for safer mines in Pakistan continues into 2019 as four miners burnt to death and another miner was seriously injured in a methane blast at a coal mine in Baolochistan’s Dukki district on 2 January. 

Safety remains elusive on second anniversary of Gadani shipbreaking accident

5 November, 2018One day after the second anniversary of one of the deadliest accidents in the history of the Pakistani shipbreaking industry, there was yet another fire in the Gadani shipyard.

Pakistan: Seven workers injured in a fire at shipbreaking yard

17 October, 2018The fire started on 14 October as workers were breaking the oil tanker Kriti in the plot number 10 in the Gadani shipbreaking yard located in Baluchistan Province, Pakistan. The tanker is owned by an individual Alam Khan. Initial reports suggest that seven workers were injured as result of a fire, three of them are in critical condition due to severe burns.

Black Day: unions in Pakistan protest mine deaths

2 October, 2018Unions in Pakistan held a day of mourning and protest on 28 September at the continued death toll in the country’s mines, and called for the ratification of ILO Convention 176.

Shipbreaking unions in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh meet to coordinate union building

5 September, 2018IndustriALL Global Union affiliates from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh met to coordinate their campaigns for the rights of shipbreaking workers on 31 August and 1 September in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Pakistan: 19 miners including rescue workers die in coal mine accident

16 August, 2018 On 12 August 2018, two days before Pakistan’s Independence Day, a total of 19 including 13 coal miners and six rescue workers died in a horrific accident at Sanjidi coalmine near Quetta in Baluchistan province.

Pakistan: victims of Ali enterprises factory fire begin to receive compensation

22 May, 2018In September 2012, over 250 workers were killed and 50 more suffered serious injuries in a fire at the Ali Enterprises garment factory in Karachi, Pakistan. Now, after almost six years, victims have started receiving compensation payments based on an agreement reached between German brand KiK and IndustriALL Global Union and Clean Clothes Campaign, mediated by the ILO.