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Three workers killed in Pakistan’s deadly mines

22 January, 2024On 19 January, three mine workers were killed from gas poisoning in Dukki mining area in Balochistan, Pakistan.

Pakistan’s unsafe shipbreaking yard claims lives of two workers

19 January, 2024Two workers were killed at Gadani shipbreaking yard in Pakistan when a heavy iron plate fell onto them while working on a bulk carrier ship, on 16 January.

Pakistan ratifies the Hong Kong Convention

6 December, 2023Pakistan becomes the 23rd country to ratify the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships. The Convention is set to come into force in June 2025.

Over 100 mine workers killed in Pakistan this year

1 December, 2023According to IndustriALL’s affiliates, at least a hundred workers were killed, while fifty more sustained serious injuries in accidents at coal mines in Pakistan this year.

Asia Pacific trade agreements must safeguard workers’ rights

9 November, 2023IndustriALL Global Union Asia Pacific affiliates strategized actions to defend workers’ rights in free trade agreements, in a regional meeting held in Kuala Lumpur on 1 November.

South Asian women unionists promote gender justice

19 October, 2023As part of the South Asia Building Inclusive Unions project, IndustriALL has been organizing a series of workshops with women trade unionists in the region focused on advancing gender equality in workplaces and in unions.

Young leaders call for inclusive unions

10 October, 2023As part of the Building Inclusive Unions project supported by Swedish affiliate, Union to Union, IndustriALL organised workshops for young unionists in Sri Lanka and Pakistan. While young leaders from Sri Lanka discussed Just Transition and role of trade unions. Discussions in Pakistan focused on gender-based violence and harassment.

Ali Enterprises anniversary underlines dire need for safe workplaces

11 September, 2023Today’s 11th anniversary of the fire at Ali Enterprises, a readymade garment factory in Pakistan, that killed more than 250 workers, is a stark reminder that safe factories still need to be fought for. The extension of the International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry to Pakistan at the end of 2022 is the starting point for countering the tragic legacy.

Bangladesh is one of the world’s worst countries for workers

5 July, 2023The recently published ITUC Global Rights Index 2023, which ranks countries based on the status of workers’ rights, reveals a grim picture of the situation for workers in South Asian countries. While Nepal and Sri Lanka witness regular and systematic violations of workers’ rights respectively, Bangladesh has been ranked as one of the worst countries in the world for workers.

Building strong inclusive unions in South Asia

29 April, 2023From 27-29 April participants from Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India came together to plan, in very practical terms, how to strengthen their unions and make them more inclusive for women and young workers.