On November 25, 2011, the Murree Brewery Workers’ Union in Islamabad, Pakistan, signed a collective agreement that brought significant increases in wages and new benefits to its members, as well as permanent jobs for 26 casual workers.
The Murree Brewery Workers’ Union, a member of the IUF-affiliated National Federation of Food, Beverages and Tobacco Workers (NFFBTW), is committed to rolling back casualization and under the previous collective agreement, 12 casual workers employed for more than six years were made permanent.
Now another 26 casual workers will be made permanent and enjoy the protection and benefits of the collective agreement, as well as becoming members of the union.
IUF A/P Regional Conference
Nazir Hussain Shah with IUF General Secretary Ron Oswald at the 12th IUF Asia/Pacific Conference in October 2011
Nazir Hussain Shah, the President of the Murree Brewery Workers’ Union and President of NFFBTW, declared that the union will include the conversion of casual jobs to permanent jobs in all its collective bargaining as part of the IUF’s global fight against precarious employment.
At the 12thIUF Asia/Pacific Regional Conference in Bali in October, a resolution was adopted calling on all affiliates in the region to fight to roll back casualization.