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2013 Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights - Pakistan

Publisher International Trade Union Confederation
Publication Date 6 June 2013
Cite as International Trade Union Confederation, 2013 Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights - Pakistan, 6 June 2013, available at: [accessed 11 December 2017]
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Dismissal for strike action: More than 400 young doctors who had participated in a strike to protest about criminal cases lodged against their colleagues in the wake of the Gujranwala DHQ hospital incident were dismissed. Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had promised to withdraw the actions against the young doctors at a meeting with representatives of the Young Doctors Association Punjab at his Model Town residence on 18 February 2013. However, Jinnah Hospital refused to reinstate 200 doctors – 55 Medical Officers, postgraduate trainees and house officers – despite written orders from the health authorities.

Anti-union discrimination: In April 2013, management of Kraft Foods Pakistan locked out members of the Cadbury Pakistan Progressive Employees Union and attacked union leaders when negotiation over wages, benefits and job security reached a deadlock. Disciplinary action against union leader Muhammad Saleem was initiated in order to dismiss him, in violation of a valid collective agreement.

Police intervention in strike and refusal to bargain: In March 2013, police raided the Pearl Continental hotel in Karachi and arrested 50 union members and leaders participating in a sit-in strike. Criminal charges were filed against union leader Ghulam Mehboob who was detained for 14 hours. Management refuses to bargain with the union and to attend conciliation hearings.

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