Trade unions, labour leaders and human rights activists will hold a mammoth rally from Regal Chowk, Saddar to Karachi Press Club on Thursday in support of genuine demands of the Port Qasim workers. This was announced by labour and rights activists along with Secretary of Port Qasim Workers Union (CBA) Hussain Badshah at a press conference at Karachi Press Club on Wednesday.
The Union leader Hussain Badshah also announced to hold a protest sit-in outside Parliament House in Islamabad this month, for which hundreds of workers would leave from Karachi soon. Earlier, the workers union had deferred the sit-in at the Parliament House for a while on recommendation of civil society activists. "We ask the government to accept the demand of the workers without any delay as these workers have been sitting at the protest camp for more than 3 months," said Karamat Ali, Executive Director of Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER).
He paid rich tributes to the protesting workers of Port Qasim for their peaceful protest sit-in outside KPC for the last 107 days. All trade unions and labour support organistions are supporting the struggle of Port Qasim workers, he added.
The workers union of Port Qasim is demanding provision of all the labour rights under the country's laws. The Dock-labour is not receiving salaries from a Chinese company at the Port Qasim for many months. Workers rights' are not accepted by Chinese companies who have been allocated two berths (No. 3 and 4) by the Port Qasim Authority.
The Chinese companies are denying rights of the Port Qasim Dock workers. Those who spoke and present on the occasion included Nasir Mansoor of National Trade Union Federation, Habibuddin Junaidi of Sindh Labour Solidarity Committee. Liaqat Sahi of Democratic Workers Federation of State Bank of Pakistan, Saeed Baloch of Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum, Manzoor Razi of Railway Workers Union, Akhlaq Ahmed, President of Port Qasim Workers Union and Shumaila, a rights activist.