Port Qasim dock workers continue their protest at Karachi Press Club

Pakistan’s Port Qasim dock workers hundred in numbers have continued their protest on 33rd day at Karachi Press Club in Sindh Province of Pakistan. The sit-in camp was established by the Workers Union of Port Qasim CBA for pressing their demands. They have accused Chinese company Huaneng Fuyun Port & Shipping (Pvt) Ltd, for not paying salaries for number of months. Labourers protested and chanted slogans against Chinese company and port officials on Saturday.

Addressing to protesting colleagues, Secretary General of Workers Union of Port Qaism CBA Hussain Badshah said that authorities should not undermine peaceful protest of labourers. We will announce our further strategy on Monday if demands are not accepted, he cautioned. Chinese company has just paid six months’ salaries to labourers and further dues are still outstanding, a statement added.

Port Qasim authorities are also giving cold shoulder to our demands, he lamented. Our charter of demand should be accepted and implemented immediately. Port Qasim Authority should issue pending cards to dock workers. Dock Workers Act 1974 should be implemented in letter and spirit. Economic exploitation of laborers must be stopped, Hussain Badshah urged. The protest does not affect port operation so far.

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