Friday, August 07, 2009

Pakistan: Bosses Strike Against Workers

The message below is from Farooq Tariq, General Secretary of the Labour Party Pakistan. Hat tip: Faz.

Dear all,

Faisalabad has seen a unique strike. This is a bosses strike against workers. Power looms and small textile owners have announced a complete closure of all their units. The reason: workers are demanding 20 percent wage increase. The government had announced a 20 percent wage increase for all public sector workers, but private sector have refused to do so.

Labour Qaumi Movement is leading this struggle of workers. On 28 July, all power looms workers went on strike and took out a huge rally to press for wage increase. The bosses agreed for negotiations. Three rounds of talks proved futile. Bosses argued that because of economic crisis, they can not increase the 20 percent. Workers representatives showed flexibility, but the bosses showed arrogant behavior.

Bosses put up banners all over the city that LQM is a terrorist organization. That the government must take notice and ban it. LQM leadership have also put up banners and wrote, " demanding wage increase is not terrorism, workers are also human being".

The strike of bosses have brought nearly half a million workers out of job.

LQM leadership are members of Labour Party Pakistan. LPP fully support the demands of workers.

Farooq Tariq

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