Mine deaths lead to protest rally in Pakistan

This January was another bloody month for coal workers with 6 workers killed in three separate accidents. Unfortunately, the coal mining industry in Pakistan has a terrible industrial record where workers have few rights and work long hours in unsafe conditions. Following on from the most recent deaths, mining unions held a protest rally in Quetta demanding better health and safety for all mine workers. In a separate event, in late December of last year, ten left wing parties in Pakistan announced an alliance in order to overcome the weakness of the human and labour rights movements in that country.