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South Asia’s wage crisis

14 September, 2022Workers across the globe face soaring inflation, supply chain disruptions and a climate crisis. According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the inflation rate in March 2022 was more than double that of March 2021.

Pakistan’s garment workers need safe factories

7 September, 202211 September marks the tenth anniversary of the fire at Ali Enterprises, a readymade garment-manufacturing factory, in Pakistan. More than 250 people were killed and over 50 were injured in one of the world’s worst industrial fires. Although workplace safety remains a major concern, significant steps towards safer factories for textile and garment workers have been taken at a global level in the last year.

Government and employers must ensure safe mining in Pakistan

1 September, 2022Pakistan’s mining industry is riddled with workplace safety violations and occupational disease. Exposure to coal dust leads to various health issues, including serious lung and heart ailments and spinal injuries. Add to that the dangers of methane gas poisoning, suffocation, underground explosions, or mine walls collapsing, leading to numerous fatalities every year.

Pakistani workers win wage raise after strike

31 August, 2022After striking for a month, power loom workers in Pakistan have secured a win by signing an agreement with the employer on wage increases, contributions to social security and improved health and safety.

South Asian shipbreaking workers prepare for recycling boom

25 August, 2022South Asian shipbreaking unions are preparing an organizing drive to take advantage of the expected recycling boom.

40 000 power loom workers in Pakistan strike for better wages

11 August, 2022Over 40,000 power loom workers in Faisalabad responded to a call for a strike to demand social security cover and an increase in wages. The workers, who have been on strike since 1 August, have also been demonstrating on the streets of Faisalabad where over one million workers are employed in power looms.

Workplace safety still a major concern in Pakistani mines

12 July, 2022According to IndustriALL affiliates in Pakistan, as of 7 July, there had been around 60 accidents in the country’s mines, killing more than 90 workers and severely injuring around 40. Workers are killed by underground explosions, methane gas poisoning, suffocation or mine walls collapsing due to lax safety procedures and the unavailability of the first line of treatment at mining sites.

First youth meeting in South Asia

22 June, 2022IndustriALL Global Union South Asia office organized the first ever regional youth workshop in Kathmandu on June 14-15. Around 25 young trade unionists from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka participated.

South Asia: increased space for women in unions is needed

22 June, 2022IndustriALL Global Union organized the South Asia regional women’s meeting in Kathmandu on June 16-17. Around 25 women trade unionists from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka participated.

Pakistan’s deadly coal mines

23 May, 2022More workers have lost their lives in Pakistan’s deadly coal mines. According to IndustriALL affiliate PCMLF, in May alone, 18 miners have been killed at work.