The ship scrapping sites along the shores of Gadani in Pakistan have been labelled “slaughter houses” by a leading local trade unionist.
Nearly 40 men have their lives at Gadani in a series of fires since November and despite local authorities – and even the prime minister of the country – promising to ensure safer conditions, there is little sign of improvement, according to Nasser Mansoor, general secretary of the Pakistan National Trades Unions Federation (PNTUF).
Mansoor alleged, while addressing a seminar in Pakistan over the weekend, that local police and government authorities had taken bribes from yard owners to ensure no changes have been enforced in the wake of the series of accidents that have killed so many. Moreover, he claimed that other accidents have also taken place but been hushed up.
“Factories are serving as slaughter houses,” Mansoor said, also adding that yard owners were failing to pay workers the minimum wage, and sanitary conditions were abysmal.