Pakistán - Merck workers continue to face difficulties (2011)

On May Day 2010 the Pakistan Workers’ Federation and the Pakistan Trade Union Defence Campaign in Quetta protested the 2009 sacking of 265 workers from Merck Serono Quetta who were dismissed for protesting against low wages and other issues. The May Day protest continued until the evening when a representative of the Balochistan government came to negotiate with the workers and promised that the 265 workers would be reinstated soon. By the end of the year this had not yet happened.

Since 2009 workers have been holding protests and several have been on hunger strike. During the protests, workers have been detained and questioned. Criminal charges have also been brought against union officials.

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