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  • Cort Greene
    http://www.marxist.com/historic-victory-of-ptudc-comrades-in-pakistani-post-union.htm Historic victory of PTUDC Comrades in Pakistan
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      Historic victory of PTUDC Comrades in Pakistan
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      Written by Niaz Lakho (Information secretary, Pakistan Post Office
      Directorate General Employees Union CBA, Islamabad)Wednesday, 03 April 2013
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      Pakistan Post Office Directorate General Employees Union elections were
      held on 11 March 2013. The revolutionary group of PTUDC comrades won a
      landslide victory and got 70% of the votes.

      [image: postal workers protest 4
      january]<http://www.marxist.com/images/stories/pakistan/postal_workers_protest_4_january.jpg>Postal
      workers also organised a massive day of action against privatisation in
      January of this year. For more information please click
      here<http://www.marxist.com/pakistan-postal-workers-protest-against-privatisation.htm>The
      group in power, supported by Pakistan Peoples Party�s leadership, had to
      face a humiliating and historic defeat. Sensing their imminent defeat the
      Itehad group used every cheap trick to prevent the elections from taking
      place. With the support of PPP�s Federal Information Minister and People�s
      Labour Federation, twice they managed to get stay orders from NIRC
      (National Industrial Relations Court) and High Court.

      But with determination and courage the Inqilab group fought the legal
      battle for two years and defeated them to get the elections held on 11
      March. During the past five years in power workers had to face immense
      problems due to the anti labour policies of the government. Though the PPP
      is the traditional party of the workers and was created in the
      revolutionary movement in 1968-69, its leadership is following the dictates
      of the IMF and World Bank which is increasing poverty, unemployment and
      misery.

      [image: post-union-referendum-poster]<http://www.marxist.com/images/stories/pakistan/post-union-referendum-poster.jpg>Poster
      of the Revolution slate with the eagle as their electoral symbolIn order to
      create illusions for the workers the People�s Labour Federation was formed
      which only served as an organized platform for the opportunists inside the
      PPP with the aim of defeating the genuine workers� movement. It was the
      shared agenda of the Ministry of Information and the People�s Labour
      Federation to create anti worker policies. Agents of the People Labour
      Federation had their fangs inside the Pakistan Post as well and they were
      advocating the implementation of capitalist policies and preparing the
      ground for privatisation while making hefty commissions. For the past two
      years the workers of the Post were fighting them legally and practically.
      In particular, a month before the elections all kinds of religious and
      ethnic prejudices were used. But the workers rejected all these divisions
      and fought a rebellious struggle to a victorious conclusion.

      The intervention of the PTUDC in this movement attracted many workers
      resulting in the election of four members and sympathizers of PTUDC in the
      central panel with a huge majority. Comrade Imran Ali as representative of
      the Assistants, Comrade Niaz Lakho as Information Secretary, Comrade Sayyed
      Muhammad Afzal Jaffery as senior Vice President and Comrade Aftab Khattak
      was elected as representative of LDCs. Inqilab group candidate for
      President Muhammad Naseem and General Secreaty Parvez Akhtar also won by a
      landslide majority.

      Despite the hectic election campaign the weekly branch of the PTUDC was
      held regularly. In the branch meeting held two days after the election
      victory, a strategy was drawn out to expand the class solidarity with the
      workers from other institutions and a proclamation was made to fight for
      the working class on all fronts. The comrades vowed to use this victory to
      organize the workers from the Post and other institutions in the fight for
      a Socialist revolution in this region for the emancipation from oppression
      and exploitation.


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