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International Labour Day 2023: Activity report
1 May 2023

Labour Education Foundation in collaboration with different trade unions and federations took out rallies and organized seminars in five districts to mark the International Labour Day.
The events organized in Lahore, Faisalabad, and Toba Tek Singh districts in Punjab, Mardan and Charsadda districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa related to the theme of this year which was Occupational Health and Safety.


In Lahore, more than 1,000 workers affiliated with Progressive Labour Federation, All-Pakistan Workers Federation, Textile Power-loom Garments Workers Union Punjab, Pakistan Bhatta Mazdoor Union, and Home-Based Women Workers Union joined the rally.
They vigorously raised slogans demanding Rs50,000 per month as minimum wages, giving right to workers to form unions in the garment sector, issuing social security and employees old-age benefit cards to all workers.


They also demanded wage payment to brick kiln workers as per 2022 Gazette notification and implementing Child Labour Act 2016 at kilns. The workers also sought trade union rights for home-based workers and implementing the minimum wages law to them too.
A workers’ convention was organized at the Labour Hall in Faisalabad in collaboration with the Textile Power-loom Garments Workers Union. At least 200 workers from the garments and hosiery sector attended the event.

The participants demanded effective implementation of laws related to 8-hours duty, double payment for overtime, gratuity, occupational health & safety, and social security as well as issuance of appointment letters.

In Mardan, a seminar was organized with the coordination of Mehnat Kash Labour Federation, Rehman Cotton Mills and Philip Morris Tobacco company workers’ unions. The participants demanded re-starting operations of the cotton mills, reinstating the sacked employees of the textile unit as well as of Shama Ghee Mills and Pakistan Tobacco Company in Nowshera. They also demanded social security and EOBI cards for informal sector workers and binding the companies entering into agreements with farmers to pay social security and EOBI dues.


They sought that true representatives of workers should be given representation on the Minimum Wage Board and Workers Welfare Fund and fixing EOBI pension in accordance with the minimum wage, and committees comprising labour leaders with requisite authority should be formed to monitor implementation of labour laws.
Home-based workers organized a walk in Charsadda to raise awareness about violations of rights of workers, particularly of HBWWs, and denying them social security cover.
A rally was taken out by activists of the Pakistan Bhatta Mazdoor Union in Toba Tek Singh district of Punjab. More than 150 brick kiln workers joined it demanding implementation of anti-child labour law at brick kilns, payment of wages to the workers as per official notification and registering them with social security institutions.

 


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