Gadani scrap yards labelled ‘slaughter houses’

Gadani scrap yards labelled ‘slaughter houses’

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.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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