Pakistani hotel workers fight for their rights


This video from Pakistan is called Karachi Pearl Continental Hotel Workers Torch Rally 2008.

From British daily News Line:

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

SEVEN-YEAR DISPUTE AT PEARL CONTINENTAL HOTEL KARACHI – union to step up campaign

Undeterred by sackings, harassment, violence and hardship, members of the Pearl Continental Karachi Hotel Workers Union are more determined than ever to fight until victory in what has become Pakistan’s longest-running labour dispute.

Hundreds of union members and supporters rallied outside the Karachi Pearl Continental August 13 to press their demands for justice.

Seven years into the struggle, the union of workers at the Pearl Continental Hotel in Karachi, Pakistan – a luxury, 5-star establishment where a standard room costs approximately two month’s basic salary – is stepping up the struggle for union rights and recognition.

Pakistan’s Pearl Continental chain is owned and operated by Pakistan Services Ltd., a subsidiary of the Hashoo Group headed by Sahruddin Hashwani, who is the Belgian government’s honorary consul in Karachi.

Military offensive displaces 300,000 in north-west Pakistan: here.

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