KARACHI: People’s Workers Union (PWU) has won Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) referendum with thumbing majority. The referendum took place in PSM premises after three years in which workers showed great interest to participate. The polling remained peaceful. Out of 10,179 voters, 8191 workers used their right of vote. According to results, 54 votes were invalid no vote challenged or spoiled in the referendum while PWU secured 4264 votes, Pakistan Steel Labour Union (PASLU) took 3570 votes, Workers League with MQM-supported group United Workers Union (UWU) bagged only 288 votes.
Addressing the workers, winning PWU chairman Shamshad Qureshi said that this victory was reward from the God to save Pakistan Steel, and PWU would make all out efforts to stop the privatization of PSM. He said that continuity of production by availability of raw materials was on our first priority.
Qureshi demanded the one go bailout package for Pakistan steel revival He said that the PWU historical victory was the result of unprecedented sacrifice of the PPP Shaheed Chairperson Benazir Bhutto and he also paid rich tribute to Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Peoples Party will oppose the IMF privatization agenda in the senate and in the national assembly while
PWU along with labours will protest on the streets.
Pakistan Steel production has come to lowest level of history and urgent efforts are needed to save this national asset. Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah congratulated PWU over its historical victory in the referendum and said that PSM was the gift of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto to the people of Pakistan and PSM workers had served their blood in the mill.
“PWU had played a vital role in saving the mill from privatisation and foiled the conspiracy of the previous rulers,” he added. He said that PWU would work for the betterment of PSM workers and restore their rights. Moreover, Waqar Mehdi, Special Media Advisor to Chief Minister also greeted the PWU and PSM workers.