Moot calls for steps to prevent Gadani ship-breaking yard from shutting down

Business and employment opportunities at the Gadani shipbreaking yard, which was once the largest in the world, have decreased considerably over the years due to the use of outdated methods of dismantling ships and precarious health and safety conditions. It is necessary that the government and the employers take necessary steps for preventing the industry from shutting down.Nasir Mansoor, deputy general secretary of the National Trade Union Federation (NTUF), expressed these views at a seminar, titled ‘Issues and Way Forward for Ship-breaking Industry and ILO Guidelines and Hong Kong Convention’, held at the PMA House on Sunday.He said the industry was also meeting 30 per cent of the country’s iron needs, and if not taken seriously the situation could cause a hefty loss to the national exchequer.“There were once 35,000 people employed [in Gadani]. Today, they have reduced to around 10,000,” he said. “Due to the worsening situation, the downstream industries that depend on…

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