ABBOTTABAD DECLARATION

ABBOTTABAD DECLARATION

Pakistan National Federation of Trade Unions (PNFTU)
All Pakistan Federation of Trade Unions (APFTU)
All Pakistan Federation of Labour (APFOL)

Abbottabad Declaration

A high level meeting of the three ICFTU affiliates in Pakistan was convened at Abbottabad from 9-11 July 1994. Twenty-four leaders (eight from each affiliate i.e. PNFTU, APFTU and AFOL) participated. Mr. George Marten and Mr. Gordon McColl represented ICFTU. The objective of the meeting was to assess numerous problems and deprivations of Pakistan workers from their basic fundamental rights and how best a united labour movement can protect those rights. A Committee was formed consisting of Mr. Rashid Muhammad and Chowdhry Ibrahim (PNFTU); Chawdhry Talib Nawaz and Mr. Khalil-ur-Rehman (APFOL) and Mr. Saeed Malik and Amin Rathor (APFTU) which in presence of Mr. Gordon McColl (ICFTU-APRO) discussed threadbare the ways and means and the process that would lead to the attainment of workers’ rights and end their exploitation. The conclusion of the Committee were presented in the plenary and finally after discussion were agreed upon and endorsed in the plenary. It is, therefore, decided by the leadership of PNFTU, APFTU and APFOL on this day of 11th July, 1994 to shake their hands and to pledge as under: –

1. A Council known as ICFTU-Pakistan Council shall be formed and Mr. M. Zahoor Awan was chosen as its Convenor. He was assigned the task of preparation of the constitution of the Council to be approved in its next meeting. The election of the permanent office bearers will be completed in the accordance with the approved constitution.
2. The head office of the Council will be in Rawalpindi.
3. The Council will meet as often as necessary but at least once in every four months.
4. All the three ICFTU affiliates do hereby agree that from today, the 11th July 1994 onwards: –
(i) to raise collective voice on common issues which workers in Pakistan are presently confronted with;
(ii) to come to the support of the union/unions affiliated with any of the three federations in case of victimization, unfair labour practice, campaigns or strike, which a call for support is given by any federation;
(iii) not to affiliate any union belonging to any of the three participating federations. Similarly, not to encourage, extend support morally or otherwise the formation of a union against the existing affiliated union of any of the three federation;
(iv) in case of dispute arising as a result of situation mentioned in clause (iii) above, the same will be referred to a Committee comprising four representatives (one each from the three ICFTU affiliates and a reprehensive of ICFTU-APRO, whose decision will be final and unchallengeable in any court of law;
(v) to review and resolve the existing differences and disputes, if any, in among the affiliated unions affiliated to the three federations before this day of 11th July 1994 so that a united union at the enterprise level emerges;
(vi) joint programmes and other trade union activities will be planned and executed by the Council.
5. The leadership of the three federations taking cognizance of the fact that unity in the ranks of workers is of paramount importance and a sincere attempt is essential to build a strong, viable and United Labour Movement in Pakistan. It has, therefore, been decided to take the required initiative to merge and unite the three existing national centers affiliated with ICFTU in Pakistan as early as possible.
However, the leadership declares, pledges and affirms its resolve that within eleven years from now (i.e. before 11 July 2005), the individual existence of PNFTU, APFTU and APFOL would stand dissolved and a single merged united Federation of the three ICFTU affiliated in Pakistan shall be created.
Signed this day of 11 th July 1994. .