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Pressure on Pakistan International Airlines increases

24 May 2006

The pressure was increased further on PIA yesterday as protests were made in London, and the ITF’s international campaign was stepped up around the world.

A week ago the ITF declared a consumer boycott of the company on behalf of eight Pakistani trade unions, in response to long term, government-supported repression of trade union and individual rights, which has been repeatedly condemned by the ILO (International Labour Organization) – see  www.itfglobal.org/press-area/index.cfm/pressdetail/788

ITF Civil Aviation Secretary Ingo Marowsky today met with the Counsellor of the High Commission, and First Secretary of the Pakistan Embassy in London to explain the reasons for the boycott and explain that the way ahead is for the Pakistani Government to repeal its anti-union legislation and encourage PIA to accept dialogue with the nation’s unions. Immediately after the meeting he was able to join supporters at a protest outside PIA’s London office. Meanwhile trade unionists in Nepal, Fiji, France, Italy, Denmark, Bulgaria, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Malta, Norway, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the USA have expressed their solidarity with their colleagues in Pakistan through protest letters, rallies and leafleting of PIA customers at airports (see also previous update at http://www.itfglobal.org/press-area/index.cfm/pressdetail/793)

ENDS

For more information contact ITF press officer, Sam Dawson.
Direct line: + 44 (0)20 7940 9260.
Email: dawson_sam@itf.org.uk

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