(PLF) Appreciated the COSATU statement on The Tragic Events In Marikana.
United We Rise Divided We Fall
on behalf of the Executive Board of Pakistan Labour Federation (PLF) we are appreciating the COSATU statement to express their shock and dismay on the lost of many lives. We on behalf of the (PLF) presented our heartfelt condolences to the AFamilies perished in the tragic events in Marikana. On behalf of (PLF) we also send our best wishes to the 78 people who were injured and hope that they recover as quickly as possible. We also express our solidarity to all other workers who have been killed in senseless violence since February 2012. We also appreciated the COSATU statement in which they said that they are not playing the blame-game with the anger workers and their communities. (PLF) also protested the use of rubber bullets on unarmed protesters.
The Mines workers are working in most dangerous conditions in high temperatures, in damp and poorly ventilated areas where rocks fall daily, killing many and condemning others to a life in a wheelchair and the loss of limbs. Some families have never even had the chance to bury their breadwinners, whose bones remain buried underground. we appeal to the Government that they should provided safety equipment
We welcome the fact that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is already taking up the RDOs’ claim, with comparable demands for other workers in the industry, whose wages are equally pathetic, and whose living conditions are also still squalid and lacking in basic services. we believe that Our enemy is not ourselves or some amongst ourselves our enemy remains the capitalist system that exploits workers and robs them of the social surplus. Today The conditions of Mine and Construction workers not in South Africa but all other part of the World are very miserable, poor and their wages are very low and their life’s always in danger, and no respect for their human dignity, health and safety Rules are not observed
(Haji Muhammad Saeed Arian) (Mrs Atia Saleem)
Founder/Secretary General Chairperson
Pakistan Labour Federation (PLF)
World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU)
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