13.5% increase in salaries of workers, an
achievement of Labour Qaumi Movement
Like previous years, this year too Labour Qaumi Movement Faisalabad
submitted a demand notice to Labour Department and District Government
to increase the salaries of workers in relation to inflation. After
several meetings, rallies, demonstrations finally DCO Faisalabad
approved the 13.5 % increase in current salaries of workers. Due to this
effort of Labour Qaumi Movement at least, 5 lac Power loom workers,
40,000 sizing industry workers salaries have been raised with effect
from 1st July 2001. Later, other industrial units also
demanded the increase, and their salaries were also raised. This is a
bid achievement on part of Labour Qaumi Movement.
Consultation Meeting: Problems of Textile
Garments and strategy to resolve them
consultation was organized in Karachi in which most of the participants
belonged to Power looms and textile sector. Aim of this consultation was
to highlight the problems of textile garments and move ahead in
resolving these problems and to strategize such a plan in which problems
of workers related to this sector are highlighted at public and
Government level. It was decided in the meeting that in September people
from textile sector and union representatives will be contacted,
meetings will be planned and alliances made so that issues of common
benefit like social security could be made public. Meeting was chaired
by Rafiq Baloch President National Trade Union Federation.
Nasira, 48 year old Home Based Worker who has
been working from 8 years. Her husband is fruit vendor. She
has five daughters and three sons and they live in a small rented house.
Nasira works for the whole day in hardly making both ends meet. She does
packing of a custard items at home. Her three daughters also work with
her, and they earn a mere 100 rupees after doing this back breaking
work. In addition to that she also stitches clothes. She demands that
she should be recognized as ad “worker” and given better wages.
Reinstate PTCL Workers
workers staged a demonstrative camp on GPO Chowk Mall Road and vowed
that this camp struggle will continue until their demands are not met.
The PTCL management has dismissed 313 members of the CBA Union, issues
show cause notices to 500 workers and stopped the salaries of 19000
workers. Later it was forced to reverse its illegal decision and agreed
to the pay increase. However, only 231 of the sacked 313 were
reinstated. 82 union members that had played a critical role in securing
the pay increase for the rest still remained dismissed. In this
context, the demands put by the union to the court stand as marginal:
reinstatement of dismissed and suspended employees and restoration of
full pay. Limited
to this the demands offer nothing radical at a time when questions are
being asked of the entire privatization process of the PTCL.
The intention to do
this protest was inform the administration and Government that PTCL
workers are united and they will take every step in order to achieve
their due rights.