Gadani turns graveyard for labourers, says NTUF

Karachi

KARACHI: Gadani is one of those areas where the state’s writ is not enforced. It is not only a graveyard of ships but also of labourers. The responsibility for recent deaths in this shipbreaking yard lies on the shoulders of government and ship breakers. The government has failed to ensure workers safety at Gadani shipbreaking yard. Fir accidents killing workers at the shipbreaking yard have become a routine. Mighty industrialists rule Gadani and the workers are being treated in a way as if they are not even humans and they are not provided with the safety gears to do this dangerous work and are deprived of their rights.

This was stated by Deputy General Secretary National Trade Union Federation (NTUF), Nasir Mansoor, president NTUF Sind, Gul Rehman and general secretary of Home Based Women Workers Federation, Zehra Khan, while addressing a press conference at the Karachi Press Club on Wednesday.

On the occasion NTUF members demanded of the government, authorities concerned, chambers of commerce and the office-bearers of association of shipbreaking owners to take measures to stop these injustices with workers, fulfill their responsibilities as per the law and make workplaces safer.

Nasir Mansoor called for doing away with the contract system at the shipbreaking yard. “If we want safe working conditions, certain issues need to be immediately addressed,” he added.

He said compensation should be given to the victim families who workers were killed in the ghostly shipbreaking yard. He urged the authorities to ensure safe working conditions at the shipbreaking yard.

President NTUF Sind Gul Rahman said around 12,000 people are working at the yard in Gadani without the cover of the Employees Oldage Benefits Institution (EOBI), insurance or any social security. He said since 1968, 800 workers had lost their lives in accidents at the site.

Rehman criticised the government for showing a lackluster response to the incidents that happened at Gadani shipyard. He said Gadani shipbreaking yard is one of the world’s largest ship breaking spot that provides a sizeable amount of the steel that is required for various developments and industries.

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