Historic Protest by Primary Teachers
A historic protest rally by primary teachers’ association
which was conducted on 30th May 2012 in front of National
Assembly about 15000 teachers from different cities participated in it
in favor of their demands. Teachers demanded that they should be
promoted according to the service structure and pay circle.
They demanded the government to upgrade the
time scale of teachers’ promotion,
regularize contractual teachers
as teachers were
being deprived of basic necessities, which should be ensured by the
state. They said due to this injustice they are not promoted to
higher grades or ranks and at last they are retired on the same scale.
Speaking on the
occasion, office-bearers of the teachers’ union said that they would not
tolerate the anti-education policies
of the Punjab and federal government.
They said that they would set up a hunger-strike camp in front of the
assembly if their demands were not fulfilled. At last Information
Minister Mian Iftiqar Hussnain requested to the teachers to remain calm
and provide us 5 days for looking and solving this issue.
Trade union works and protects the rights of working
Labour education foundation conducted a one day workshop
with home based women workers at Mardan. Women participation was from
Charsadda as they are working like Stitching, packing of food items, to
make decoration piece.
Talat Rubab and Bina fida were the facilitators in the
workshop. They told the participants about the objectives of the
workshop and explained the problems faced by the women home based
workers. Importance and actual definition of home based women workers
were told to them and what does trade union meant and its working was
also explained to them. At the end role of LEF and introduction was made
Lecture on home based women workers were made in which it
explained that the Government recognizes that there 8.52 million home
based workers in the country. The proportion of women workers in the
home-based based sector is 65% in contrast to only 4% of all male
workers who are home-based workers. These home based workers contribute
to the country’s economic growth. Pakistan accounts 80% of the world’s
match-grade footballs and earns nearly $50 million in foreign exchange
from this industry alone.
Role of ILO and its sections were described to them like
section 87 which describes that every person have right to make a trade
union without any hesitation. Section C-177 and its importance were
highlighted to them.
Two days Training workshop of teachers under the project
of Community Literacy and Facilitation centers.
Labour education organized the capacity building workshop
of teachers on 22-23 May 2012. In the workshop teachers were explained
about the project and its necessities. They were told that 6 centers
will be opened in Lahore as two in Shahdara and one in all sutturmill,
Momenpura, Youhanabad and Jallo Moor.
Project introduction and a brief orientation were given
to them. They were told about the advocacy process and techniques for
teaching the student labourers as they will be taught Math, English,
Social studies and Urdu.