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Gadani's shipyard workers

Some 40Kms west of Karachi, Gadani's ship-breaking yards employ about 10,000 workers including welders, cleaners, crane operators and worker supervisors. The yards are one of the largest ship-breaking operations in the world rivaling in size those located in India and Bangladesh. It takes 50 workers about three months to break down a midsize average transport sea vessel of about 40,000 tonnes.

The multimillion-dollar ship-breaking industry contributes significantly to the national supply of steel to Pakistani industries. For a six-day working week of hard and often dangerous work handling asbestos, heavy metals and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), employees get paid about 300 USD a month of which half is spent on food and rent for run-down rickety shacks near the yards, a labour representative told AFP.

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Cyrus Howell
Sep 18, 2012 10:02pm
In the USA they would be making 300 a week, for five days work.
Sep 18, 2012 05:11pm
is it safe to travel there