Fast mode: textile workers in Pakistan fight for rights in the context of the Covid-19 crisis | Global development

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Last week, Karachi police allegedly shot hundreds of unarmed garment workers protesting outside a denim factory for global fashion brands.

Nasir Mansoor of the National Federation of Trade Unions, Nasir Mansoor of the National Federation of Trade Unions, Nasir Mansoor, clothing workers such as Abdul Basit, 35, were accused of clubbing by police outside a factory that would have laid off more than 15,000 workers. He said that some workers were dismissed without written notice.

The workers chanted slogans demanding better conditions and better wages when the police arrived. Many closers and job losses and the suspension of the normal vacation bonus, which allows rural migrants to return home before the end of Ramadan Eid holidays, left many protesters in despair.

Basit, 35, who works at the factory where the protests took place, told the Guardian that he has not been paid since March. “We are precarious workers and we can be laid off at any time,” he said.

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