These are the latest photos from the basement of the Pearl Continental Hotel in Karachi. A hundred and fifty hotel workers have been occupying the basement for the last nine days after the management tried to fire four leaders of the workers union. The four union leaders refused to receive the termination letters. Along with the 150 other staff they occupied the basement level of the hotel and are refusing to leave until their demands are met.
The workers fear that if these four union leaders are dismissed without a fight, then it will only be a matter of time before the entire PC hotel workers union is dismantled – something that the management has been trying to do since 2001.