Pearl Continental Workers' Occupation sign now


Because the workers who clean the rooms, make the meals and run the hotel only get Rs. 7800 per month for nine hour shifts each day. And, when they tried to organize a union to fight for their rights, some were fired and others thrown in secret prison on false charges. 150 of them are now occupying the basement of the Pearl Continental Hotel to demand that its owners, the Hashwani Group, abide by the law. This is following an attempt by the PC to fire four workers, all union activists. Food has become scarce while they have been on strike and management has refused to allow outside deliveries to be made.

The current Human Resources Director at the PC is a retired Major Zia Jan who came to the PC after busting a union at the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC). Major Zia recently told the striking workers that they ought to be ashamed of themselves for fighting the PC.

The workers are being filmed and monitored by security. They are afraid that they will soon be subject to Ranger or police brutality. The families of the workers who protested outside the hotel in solidarity have already been baton-charged by the police.

We, the undersigned, demand that the PC Hotel abide by the law and accept the workers' demands, which are as follows:


Firing of union activists while negotiations are ongoing is illegal.


The courts already do. Itвs time for the PC to abide by the law.


The PC refuses to negotiate the charter of demands. The 2002 and 2006 demands are still pending.


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  • 10 December 2015200. Uzair R
    I support this petition
  • 06 October 2015199. Sana F
    I support this petition
  • 29 September 2015198. Erik Vand
  • 26 September 2015197. Ahsan Esparza
    Power to the people
  • 08 August 2015196. Cindy Z
    I support this petition
  • 26 June 2015195. Asim J
    Great effort. I can't find words to appreciate the fighting spirit of the PC workers in the face of such big guns as the Hashwani group.
  • 25 June 2015194. Glen P
    I support this petition
  • 17 April 2015193. Sophia H
    I support this petition
  • 19 March 2015192. Salman H
    I support this petition
  • 02 March 2015191. Safia M
    Strength in solidarity
  • 19 February 2015190. Atif S
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    I support this petition
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  • 25 December 2014187. Saadullah M
    I support this petition
  • 19 December 2014186. Anam Pineda
    Show some mercy to the poor ones!
  • 12 October 2014185. C Chs
  • 05 September 2014184. Sultan Salahuddinayyubi
    Pear Continental hotel must accept the fully justified demands of the workers and reinstate the PC-Four
  • 03 September 2014183. Sultan A
    keep it up
  • 01 September 2014182. Danish J
    This is such hypcorisy. Let me know if you guys hold a protest for the cause.
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    I support this petition
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  • 25 May 2014178. Shabbir A
    i agree with you guys
  • 25 April 2014177. Imran Petty
    Nothing they are asking for is unjust
  • 12 April 2014176. Sumitra R
    In solidarity!
  • 07 April 2014175. Umer L
    I support this petition
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    I support this petition

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