|Life of Struggle|
|Written by PTUDC|
|Wednesday, 05 April 2006 09:57|
Shahida Jabeen is one of the most persevering fighters for workers' power.
Leading Trade Unionist Denied Visa to Visit
Bulletin 2: March 96
Shahida Jabeen, the international secretary of the Pakistan Trade Union Defence Campaign, has disgracefully been denied a visa to visit Britain to speak at meetings called by the campaign together with other meetings called by Labour, trade union and Pakistani organisations throughout the country.
This is clearly yet another case of the British government’s racist policy towards those who would wish to enter this country for whatever reasons.
The High Commission, in assessing Shahida’s case, asked for evidence that Shahida’s visit was for bona fide reasons but although this was fully provided (including a letter of support from Tony Benn MP) it was not enough to get a visa. In addition, they also asked for bank statements and tax documents—clearly intended as a way of separating rich from poor (poor people such as Shahida usually do not have bank accounts or earn enough to pay tax in Pakistan). The High Commission have no reason to reject this visa on the basis that Shahida’s visit will be “abused”.
Denying her entry, despite her status and the fact that she was given a visa to visit this country 8 years ago without any problems, can only be viewed as both a racist and political act of discrimination.We would request that all labour movement organisations immediately make their feelings known on this. Denying a leading trade union movement activist the right to visit and speak to trade unionists in this country is an attack on the rights of the labour movement here.
The Struggle continues!