The Pakistan Trade Union Defence Campaign (PTUDC) is an international solidarity campaign which was set up following the assassination of Arif Shah, the President of the Punjab Labour Federation by hired agents of the employers in 1995. That brutal act highlighted the harsh situation faced by the trade union movement in Pakistan.
The PTUDC openly declares its views and aims in response to the need for working-class militancy and solidarity in Pakistan.
As revolutionary internationalists we can and should play a role in fighting for workers’ rights internationally. Here in Britain our campaign for the rights of Pakistani workers, whose labour rights are among the worst in the world, is also a way of supporting trade union rights in this country.
Marxist students can campaign as part of the PTUDC by raising the question in your local student or trade union branches. Passing resolutions and sending messages of support through these organisations is an important part of building an international solidarity network.
Raising money is also a vital part of the work of the PTUDC. Legal costs, strike funds and campaign material all come at a cost which can be very difficult for Pakistani workers to bear. Here in Britain even a small donation can go a long way in Pakistan so asking local political groups, student and trade unions to make a donation to the campaign is a great way to support the campaign.
If you’d like more information about the PTUDC and for more information about how to get involved please write to firstname.lastname@example.org