Gadani Strike Update
June 16, 2010 § Leave a Comment
The second day of the strike has been greeted by vicious repression at the hands of the State. The police baton charged the workers this morning, injuring dozens and arresting five–including Basheer Baloch, General Secretary of the ship-breakers’ union. The Anti-Terrorism Task Force has apparently been deployed, as well (nothing like that War on Terror, eh? The gift that keeps on giving.)
The good news, if it can be called that, is that the story of the strike will be picked up in the media this evening–a reporter from The News is on the story. Despite the violence, the union is in negotiations with management. They are being told by the owners to cancel the strike, and give the companies ten days to comply with their demands.
As of right now, this is where it stands. Some of us might be heading to Gadani this evening to get a better sense of events as they unfold.