Hundreds of the power loom workers gathered at Jhang Road and staged a demonstration against the closure of power looms in Saddar, Bao Wala, Thikriwala and other areas along Jhang Road.
The protest was led by members of the Labour Qaumi Movement (LQM) including Mian Abdul Qayyum, Malik Muhammad Arif, Rana Tahir, Ghulam Nabi Javaid, Hajji Aslam Wafa, Rana Azeem, Muhammad Yaseen, Aslam Meraj and Baba Abdul Lateef.
They blocked Faisalabad-Jhang Road for traffic by putting up barricades.
The looms had been closed by owners over workers’ demand for a wage raise.
Meanwhile, a power loom worker committed suicide apparently over joblessness on Saturday.
Thikriwala police identified the deceased as Abdullah, 30, a resident of Chak No67-JB. They quoted his family and said that he had been unemployed since the closure of the power loom where he was working. They said he swallowed poison following a quarrel with his wife over money to get their children new clothes.He was taken to Allied Hospital where he passed away.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 22nd, 2012.