With the government reluctant to ratify ILO C176, Pakistan’s miners are condemned to work in death traps

“Mohammad Israr, 17, says that he prays with a heavy heart every time he enters the deadly coal mine in the mineral-rich, south-western province of Balochistan that claimed the life …

ILO Committee on Freedom of Association Report (2021)

The ILO Committee on Freedom of Association released its latest report, including cases on Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jordan, Korea, Madagascar, Pakistan and Romania.

‘Moving mountains’: How Pakistan’s ‘invisible’ women won workers’ rights

Shamim Bano has been an invisible worker for 40 years. Working 12-hour days from home as a “cropper” in the port city of Karachi, she cuts the loose threads off …

Eight years after the Ali Enterprises factory fire in Pakistan, victims and their families are still fighting for justice

On 22 September 2020, almost exactly eight years after Pakistan’s worst industrial fire officially killed 264 garments workers and injured over 60 others in the commercial capital of Karachi, an anti-terrorism court …

Factory fire in Pakistan: Questionable judgment neglects systematic failure in fire protection

Eight years after the fire in the Pakistani textile factory Ali Enterprises, two men have been sentenced to death for arson by an anti-terrorism court in Karachi. They are said …

Rights of 3,000 workers threatened, Pakistani union files complaint vs hydropower project

BWI and the Pakistan Federation of Building and Wood Workers (PFBWW) filed a joint complaint to the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman (CAO) of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on 6 July citing …

OPINION: LABOR RIGHTS IN PAKISTAN

This opinion notes that even after the devastating garment factory fires that took place in 2012 in Lahore and Karachi, which claimed over 255 workers’ lives, there has been no …

CORONAVIRUS: PAKISTANI GOVERNMENT LAYS OFF THOUSANDS OF WORKERS TO REVIVE ECONOMY

CORONAVIRUS: PAKISTANI GOVERNMENT LAYS OFF THOUSANDS OF WORKERS TO REVIVE ECONOMY Pakistan’s minister for industries and production recently announced the government’s plans to privatize the Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) raising …

Fast fashion: Pakistan garment workers fight for rights amid Covid-19 crisis

Police in Karachi last week allegedly shot at hundreds of unarmed garment workers protesting outside a factory supplying denim for global fashion brands. Garment workers such as Abdul Basit, 35, …

Pakistan: Rabbani, rights activists decry ban on trade unions at PIA

KARACHI : Veteran politician Mian Raza Rabbani, who is currently serving as a Pakistan Peoples Party senator and has also been a former chairman of the Senate, has berated the …

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