Workers vow to hold countrywide strike against inflation

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Workers, students, peasants and trade union leaders from public and private enterprises across Pakistan gathered at central workers convention organised by Red Workers Front (RWF) at Bakhtiar Hall here on Saturday agreed on holding a countrywide general strike against inflation, unemployment and privatisation.

“Mazdoor ki ujrat kitni ho- aik tola sonay jitni ho”- the sloganeering with brief intervals continued in five hours long programme in the hall.

“Determine minimum wages of a worker as price of one tola gold”, the hundreds of participants passed a resolution.

Finance Secretary Adeel Zaidi said that they have demanded fixing wages with price of gold because unfortunately the wages were not raised according to rate of inflation.

“The price of gold can serve as a matrix to strike a balance between rise in wages in wake of rise in inflation”, Zaidi commented.

This government does not have the capacity to pose a solution to any labour class issue, says labour rights activist from Karachi Anam Khan. This is the organic crisis of capitalism. However, the beneficiaries of the system in a bid to shift blame are holding only one person responsible.

In order to deliver the working class, to save humanity, there is a need to uproot this system, he said.

President, RWF, Aftab Ashraf said that the working class in Pakistan for a long period of time has pledged peacefully for its rights.

However, no rule whether civilian or military, no political party, no bureaucrat proved to them a friend or a sympathiser rather oppressors and usurpers, he said.

“The working class through its decade long experience has concluded it needed to snatch its rights”, Ashraf said. The labour of Pakistan no more has any ambiguity about the exploitative role of the ruling elite of Pakistan, he said.

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