The Pakistan Trade Union Solidarity (PTUS) Campaign is an international solidarity campaign set-up to connect Pakistani youth, workers and trade unionists with international workers, working-class organisations and unions with the aim to gather support for efforts and campaigns of Pakistani youth and workers.
Pakistan Trade Union Solidarity is working with numerous workers organisations and trade unions in Pakistan. We have a network of volunteers and activists working in different trade unions and workplaces across Pakistan. PTUS volunteers are active in various trade unions and youth groups and are involved in campaigns on pay conditions, workplace health and safety, against gender pay gap, against child labour, right to form a union, and defending unions from attacks from bosses and the state.
Trade unions were banned for a long time in Pakistan particularly during dictatorial regimes. Even the so-called democratic governments in Pakistan failed to establish or permit regular and functional trade unions in different workplaces across the whole country. As a result, there is a continuous erosion of working and living conditions of workers in various sectors.
This does not mean that Pakistani workers are not struggling for their rights. Daily we see struggles of workers in different factories and sectors for better working and living conditions. However, these atomised struggles fail to achieve a broader objective of gaining worker’s rights. Bosses and the state often silence the worker’s dissent, often through brutal means.
We believe that through strong international solidarity with the working-class of advanced and developed countries, workers in Pakistan can manage to get their rights from the bosses and the state. Furthermore, supporting Pakistani workers by international workers and their organisations can provide significant strength to the campaigns and enable them to achieve their objectives.
The struggle for the rights of workers comes at a cost. This includes campaign material cost, organizing events, legal costs, strike funds, registration of workplace trade union etc. Even a small and regular donation by international workers in advanced countries can be extremely beneficial for Pakistani trade union campaigns.
We appeal to the international working-class to support PTUS campaigns through taking this message to their trade unions, student unions and organisations and affiliate with PTUS through making a solidarity donation to the campaign.
We are publishing a regular bulletins with the aim to highlight the struggles and campaigns of Pakistani workers and trade unions. We are happy to send the bulletin copies to you, your trade union and organisation. We can also send speakers to your trade union events to highlight the struggles of Pakistani workers and trade unions in your sectors.