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The Socialist 18 August 2010 |
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Pakistan: Workers' solidarity urgently needed
TWENTY MILLION people affected, over 1,600 dead and thousands face starvation, but the Pakistan government's lacklustre response and incompetence has made the disaster worse.
Trade Union Rights Campaign Pakistan (TURCP) appeal, photo TURCP (Click to enlarge)
The devastation in Pakistan is on a much higher scale than earlier estimates. The aid response of foreign governments has also been slow and utterly inadequate.
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The Trade Union Rights Campaign - Pakistan (TURC-P) has initiated the Workers' Relief Committee on a national level to coordinate getting aid to workers and activists.
"We urge all our brothers, sisters and comrades in the international trade union movement to show their solidarity and support for the people affected by the devastating flood in our country, especially trade union members, workers and peasants.
"We urgently need resources to provide relief to our affected brothers and sisters. Among the millions hit by the flooding, more than 200 members of the TURCP and Progressive Workers Federation and their families have been affected. Their houses, crops and everything else have been wiped out. They need food, clean drinking water, medicines, tents and other daily utilities.
"We are trying to provide whatever is possible for these families. But we urgently need your help, solidarity and support for these people. We request that all trade unions, union branches and workers and members of the trade unions support our campaign. Every penny you donate will be accounted for and reach the affected people.
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For details of where trade union donations should be sent and eye-witness reports see www.turcp.org See also www.socialistworld.net