IndustriALL: unions in Pakistan protest mine deaths

Published: 23 Sep 2018

Unions in Pakistan held a day of mourning and protest on 28 September at the continued death toll in the country’s mines, and called for the ratification of ILO Convention 176.

The IndustriALL Pakistan Council – made up of Pakistani affiliates to IndustriALL Global Union – were protesting the failure of the government to act to stem the carnage. IndustriALL affiliates estimate that 98 coal miners have been killed this year, with 70 injured.

The most recent incident was 30 September, when four mine workers were killed in the Sanjdi area of Balochistan, after a methane gas explosion. Five workers were rescued by their co-workers. At least 23 workers were killed in two incidents in the past month.

Demonstrations were held in the cities of Quetta, Sharigh, Loralai, Hub, Karachi, Islamabad, Gujrat, Faisalabad, Multan, Lahore, Peshawar and Dera Ismail Khan.

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