|Hameed Khan and 100 workers released!|
|Written by PTUDC|
|Monday, 26 November 2001 00:00|
The government has capitulated in the face of workers' solidarity and
has met the immediate demands put forth by the striking workers.
Complete victory for the International Campaign
The authorities in Baluchistan have released the arrested leaders and workers today. But the strike is still continuing. The decision on the future of the strike will be made tomorrow, when it is expected that the finance minister of Baluchistan will announce a package which spells acceptance of the workers' demands.
The breakthrough in the negotiations between CSEA. (Civil Secretariat Employees' Association) and the government of Baluchistan, came on Saturday, November 24, when an agreement was reached which would represent a total victory for the strikers. According to this agreement the arrested workers were to have been released on Saturday, November 24. The Governor of Baluchistan issued the orders for the release of 100 arrested union leaders and workers. But the Chief Secretary of Baluchistan refused to accept the agreement.
Because of this contradiction within the ranks of the bureaucracy and the government, there was a delay in the release of the arrested leaders. And now the workers are saying that until the Finance Minister himself announces the agreement in the General Council of the union, they will not call off the strike.
The General Council will be held tomorrow, when the minister is due to announce the package. According to the agreement reached last Saturday, the wages of the workers are to be increased by 600 rupees (10 US dollars) per month (a rise of about 20 percent) and the government also agreed to implement the other demands, in accordance with the July agreement. We will send you the other details of this agreement tomorrow after the General Council meeting.
This victory is very important for of two reasons:
In short, this victory is a great step forward for PTUDC and for the whole Pakistan Labour Movement. After his release comrade Hameed Khan said:
The Struggle continues!