Sacked, jailed now blackmailed - challenging precarious work at Nestlé Pakistan
Tuesday 06 December 2011, 05pm
Nestlé Pakistan attempts to blackmail workers challenging precarious jobs regime into renouncing their rights
Management at Nestlé's dairy factory in Kabirwala, Pakistan has not only retaliated against the union struggle to change the employment status of hundreds of long-serving precarious workers to direct employment with dismissals, provocations, police charges against 80 workers, including the union president, and physical assault by the labour contractor and goons. The company has also attempted to blackmail workers into abandoning their legal claims to direct, permanent employment as a condition for again being allowed to work… on a precarious basis.
The workers understandably rejected these terms - and are now being replaced by newly-appointed permanent workers, recruited from the ranks of those who did not support the contract workers' fight for justice and who have not joined the union.
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Challenging Precarious Work@Nestlé
Nestlé's dairy factory in Kabirwala, Pakistan, depends on the daily labour of hundreds of precarious workers provided by contractors on a no work, no pay basis. Contract worker Muhammad Saleem worked there for 5 years. He describes the precarious work regime at the factory, and what happened when the union supported the contract workers' efforts to attain direct, permanent employment status in accordance with the law.
Read the interview here
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