from IUF Pakistan Office
a time when Pakistan
is facing widespread protests against the Presidential decision to suspend
the Supreme Court chief, the struggling Pearl Continental Hotel Workers
Union has drawn support from twenty democratic political parties, including
those of the main political opposition. This support was assured through
a resolution in an “All Parties Conference” which was organised
by PC Hotel Workers Solidarity Committee on Friday the 15 March 2007.
Mehboob, General Secretary
of the PC Hotel Workers Union.
resolution stated that:
• workers at Pearl Continental Hotel Karachi were dismissed illegally
and with malafide intention. The Conference notes that the purpose of
dismissing workers was to crush the union. The Conference demands the
reinstatement of the dismissed workers immediately with all back benefits;
• despite the Pearl Continental Hotel Workers Union Karachi being
recognised by the Labour Authorities and Superior Courts as the Collective
Bargaining Agent, the hotel management has refused to recognise the
union. The Conference demands hotel management recognise the workers’
union and start negotiations on the charter of demands presented by
the union in 2001;
• International Labour Organisation (ILO) recommendations were
made following a complaint lodged by the IUF, the conference demands
the full implementation of these ILO recommendations;
• the All-Parties Conference appreciates the struggle of PC Hotel
Workers in Karachi and extends its full support.
Earlier Mirza Maqsood,
Convener of the PC Hotel Workers Solidarity Committee welcomed the representatives
of the political parties. Qamar ul Hassan of the IUF Pakistan Outreach
Office gave a report on the continuous six year campaign by the union
union. Ghulam Mehboob, General Secretary of the union explained the
situation which union has faced in the last five years.
The political party
representatives, including a former senator and a member Provincial
Assembly, termed the struggle of the PC Hotel Workers a mile stone in
the history of labour movement in Pakistan. They said that political
parties should prepare and submit a resolution in Sindh Provincial Assembly.
They also decided that all political parties will participate in the
torch light procession on 30 April this year, which will be organized
by PC Hotel Workers Union to mark May Day.
The political Parties
which attended the APC included the Pakistan Peoples Party, Pakistan
Muslim League (N), National Workers Party, Muttahida Majlis Amal (MMA),
Awami National Party, Communist Mazdoor Kisan Party, Pakistan Peoples
Party (SB), PKMAP, Jeay Sindh Mahaz, Inqalabi Jamhori Workers Party,
Pakistan Awami Tehrik, Communist Party of Pakistan, PMKP, Tehreek Istaqlal,
Labour Party of Pakistan and Sunni Tehreek.
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