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Gadani Ship Breaking Yard - Pakistan

Gadani ship breaking yard, 65km east of the Pakistani financial centre Karachi, is one of the world's largest sites for the demolition and disposal of ships for recycling scrap metal. Ship breaking once took place in the ports of industrialised countries but shifted to developing countries over the last century with the lower labour costs and relaxed disposal laws of toxic substances. Gadani Ship breaking yard has been in operation before Pakistan's independence in 1947. The workers at Gadani beach work under difficult and dangerous conditions, with no unions or labour laws to protect them in the case of injury or compensation for their families in the case of their death. The majority of the labour force carrying out the demolition work are ethnic Pakhtuns and originate from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in the north of Pakistan. They work most of the year away from their families, supporting them with meagre salaries generally averaging 5000-7500 Pakistani rupees a month ($60-$85 US) working 6-7 days a week. Scrap metal scavengers, most often ethnic Sindhi or Balochi scourge the beach for fragments of steel and copper that they sell for 30 Pakistani rupees (35 cents US). Many of the women undertaking this work also pay a daily bribe of 350 Pakistani rupees to the security guards just to collect scrap along the beaches. Approximately 6000 workers are currently employed at Gadani beach with hundreds dying every year from accidents during demolition work.

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Gadani ship breaking yard, 65km east of the Pakistani financial centre Karachi, is one of the world's largest sites for the demolition and disposal of ships for recycling scrap metal. Ship breaking once took place in the ports of industrialised countries but shifted to developing countries over the last century with the lower labour costs and relaxed disposal laws of toxic substances. Gadani Ship breaking yard has been in operation before Pakistan's independence in 1947. The workers at Gadani beach work under difficult and dangerous conditions, with no unions or labour laws to protect them in the case of injury or compensation for their families in the case of their death. The majority of the labour force carrying out the demolition work are ethnic Pakhtuns and originate from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in the north of Pakistan. They work most of the year away from their families, supporting them with meagre salaries generally averaging 5000-7500 Pakistani rupees a month ($60-$85 US) working 6-7 days a week. Scrap metal scavengers, most often ethnic Sindhi or Balochi scourge the beach for fragments of steel and copper that they sell for 30 Pakistani rupees (35 cents US). Many of the women undertaking this work also pay a daily bribe of 350 Pakistani rupees to the security guards just to collect scrap along the beaches. Approximately 6000 workers are currently employed at Gadani beach with hundreds dying every year from accidents during demolition work.