was passed during the delegate conference of Pakistan Sugar Mills Workers
Federation (Sindh) held on 4th June 2006 at Mirpur Khas. The Conference
was chaired by Abdul Majeed Laghari and 32 delegates from 10 sugar unions
participated. General Secretary, PSMWF and the IUF Pakistan Project
also attended the delegate conference.
the conference Allah Bachaio Panhwar, General Secretary Dadu Sugar Mills
Employees Union presented a detailed report. He informed the conference
that Government of Sindh promised on many occasions to solve workers'
demands but these were not implemented. At last the workers of Dadu
and Thatta Sugar Mills decided to launch a protest campaign in Karachi.
A hunger strike camp was set up at the Karachi Press Club and demonstrations
held at the Sindh Assembly, the Chief Minister's House and the Governor's
House. During the struggle union office bearers, members and their families
including females were arrested. Police tortured members and their families,
baton charged rallies and destroyed the camp, but these actions could
not stop the protest. The continuing struggle forced the Sindh Government
to negotiate with the unions. The government offered to choose either
Golden Hand Shake for all workers OR alternate employment. The unions
decided the alternate employment for all workers including seasonal,
daily waged and other workers. The government accepted these demands
and made assurances to issue a notification, which to date has not been
issued. The General Secretary said that if government will not issue
this notification, "we will again start our protest and this time
we will not go back."
The conference decided
to launch a strong campaign in support of the Dadu and Thatta Sugar
Mills workers. It was also decided that the sugar unions will organise
protest rallies and demonstrations throughout Sindh Province.
conference also showed its deep concern over the situation of Army Welfare
Sugar Mills (AWSM). The General Secretary AWSM Workers Union informed
the conference that labour court had rejected the application for cancellation
of registration of the union but unfortunately the Sindh High Court
ordered cancelation of the registration of the union. The union has
challenged the Sindh High Court’s decision in the Supreme Court
of Pakistan. The union is also holding protest rallies at Badin City.
The delegate conference set up a solidarity fund to support the union’s
struggle and litigation.
The conference showed
its concern over the situation of workers in Sugar Industry and un-controlled
profit making of sugar mills owners. The Conference also demanded that
the management of Sakrand Sugar Mills immediately negotiate a collective
agreement with the union which is pending for many many months. The
conference also appreciated the struggle of Pearl Continental Hotel
Workers and assured its solidarity and support to hotel workers.