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SPECIAL REPORT: Cleaning up shipbreaking the world’s most dangerous job

15 December, 2015Workers in this industry face dangerous and precarious working conditions, with very little training, safety equipment and medical services, and they receive poverty wages. IndustriALL Global Union is campaigning to support organizing at the South Asia yards and is pushing governments in countries with major shipping industries to take responsibility for workers’ safety.

Shame on Shell! Pakistani workers organize, management deploys troops

24 November, 2015When the labour authorities supported Shell Pakistan’s workers in their claim for a vote on whether they want a union, local management responded with heavy-handed security forces, outsourcing and punitive shift changes.

Workers in Pakistan’s glass bangle industry face starvation

19 November, 2015More than one million workers employed in the glass bangle industry in Hyderabad, Pakistan, are facing starvation due to a broken supply of gas and electricity. Workers have called on the government to resolve the issue, which is putting livelihoods at risk.

Workers reported cracks before Pakistan factory collapse

5 November, 2015IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in Pakistan say workers warned management about cracks in a four-storey polythene factory before it collapsed on 4 November.

Pakistan

8 October, 2015Nasir Mansoor, deputy general secretary of IndustriALL affiliate NTUF said that precarious work has become the hallmark of all production sectors in Pakistan.

Workers killed making clothes for Primark, TOPMAN, Burton, New Look, River Island

14 September, 2015Four workers died and sixteen were injured when the roof of a garment factory collapsed on 5 September in Lahore, Pakistan. The factory was operating in a poorly constructed building and producing for Primark, TOPMAN, Burton, New Look and River Island.

German retailer KiK must pay promised compensation to Pakistani factory fire victims

9 September, 2015On the third anniversary of Pakistan’s worst-ever industrial disaster, global unions IndustriALL and UNI, together with the Clean Clothes Campaign, are calling on a major German retailer to honour its promise to provide long-term compensation to victims. 

Pakistani PCEM victory against precarious work at Shell

12 August, 2015A two-year struggle at the oil and gas multinational Shell in Pakistan has ended in 300 permanent contracts for IndustriALL members.

Pakistani union NTUF condemns sacking of 24 textile workers

31 July, 2015IndustriALL Global Union affiliate in Pakistan, the NTUF is raising the case of an illegal sacking of 24 textile workers by FKN Textile near capital Karachi. The workers were sacked so that management could replace them with new employees on lower pay.

Syngenta: Pakistani court again finds employment practices unlawful

9 July, 2015IndustriALL Global Union is congratulating its Pakistani affiliate PCEM on another good legal victory in its long struggle for workers’ rights at the Swiss giant of agrochemicals and seeds.