Pakistán - Union agreement ignored and unionists dismissed (2012)

In April, despite a pledge by Tethyan Copper Company managers (TCC - a joint venture copper-gold project owned by Barrick Gold of Canada and Antofagasta Ltd. of the UK) to negotiate with the All Pakistan Labour Federation (APLF) and the TCC union over working conditions, management refused to do so. The parties had agreed to continue talks after workers suspended a hunger strike in front of the company’s offices, during which 12 workers were dismissed. Management reneged on reinstating five of the 12 union activists, and then on 14 April sacked four TCC Employees’ Union leaders, including President Ghulam Hayder Baloch and Chairman Mazir Ahmad Baloch.

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