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Trade Unions demand complete implementation of labour laws
LEF organised National Workers' Convention in Lahore
01-March-2020

Workers’ declaration issued on the occasion of National Worker Convention organised by Labour Education Foundation in collaboration with Industrial Relation Institute Lahore at IRI convention hall Lahore on 1st March 2020. More than 300 Home Based Worker, Brick Kiln workers, Domestic workers, Power Loom Factory Worker and Garments Factory worker from difference provinces gathered and discussed the labour rights situation in Pakistan. Mr Khalid Mehmood Director Labour Education Foundation welcomed the participants and shared the objectives of the convention. The convention was divided into two sessions, the first session was on “Labour Rights Situation– Perspective of Trade Unions” while the second session was on “Way forward for the Protection of Labour Rights”. The speaker in the first session was, Mr Mohammad Shabir the General Secretary Pakistan Bhatta Mazdoor Union, shared the situation of brick kiln workers in Punjab, he shared that the minimum wage rate is Rs. 1295 but there is no any brick kiln factory where workers are getting the wag as per government orders, it means that government is unable to maintain rule of law in Punjab. Mr Abrar-Ullah from Mardan shared the Workers situation and workers’ struggle in KP. Mr Sherzada from Peoples Workers Union Mardan talked about the specific situation of the worker in Rehman Cotton Mills. Ms Tajmeena, President Home Based Women Workers Union Charsadda, KPK shared that overall worker situation in KPK is not good but the condition of HBW worker is worst because HBWs are still struggling to be considered as a worker. Ms Shazia Tariq: General Secretary, Home Based Women Workers union LHR shared that international brands are exploiting the worker, she further shared that even the international brands are not following the labour laws especially related to the minimum wage rate. Mr Aslam Maraj from Union Faisalabad shared the situation of the Power loom and Textile workers, he shared that due to non-inspection the number of boiler blasting cases has been increased. He requested the Provencal Labour Minster Mr Anser Majeed to take up this case on emergency bases. Mr Niaz Khan General Secretary Ittihad Labour Union Carpet Industries Pakistan said that if we want to improve the life of labour force than government should focus only on one thing “Implementation of Labour Law”
In the second session “ Way forward for the Protection of Labour Rights” Mr Rana Hassan: General Secretary Progressive Labour Federation Chairman highlighted the importance of labour union, he said labour can get their rights if they organise themselves. Mr.Arshid Mehmood Director of Labour & Environment and hygiene shared the progress of his department. Mr Farooq Tariq: Labour Activist and Secretary Kisan Rabta Committee said that government need to adopt a bottom-up approach for development. he said if the economy of workers is improved than the overall economy of the country will be improved. He further said the minimum wage should be Rs.40,000/= as the inflation has been reached to its highest level. Mr Anser Majeed Minister of Labour and Human Resource Department Govt of Punjab shared that I am happy to meet with my labour as I am your representative, he shared that number of progress which the labour ministry is doing for labour. At the end of the convention, Mr Khalid Mehmood read out the declaration and handed over to Mr Anser Majeed.
Declaration
•       Improve the labour inspection mechanism so that accident related to boiler could be minimized and protect the labours’ life.
•       Ensure the implementation of health and safety laws because a healthy worker can lead to the economic development of any country.
•       Re-instate the union leader and worker on their job, who were expelled due to the participation of union activities.
•       All worker should be registered in social security and EOBI, so that worker can get benefits from Worker Welfare Board.
•       In Hosiery Factories the majority of workers are women and they are being sexually harassed therefore the committees should be formed in each factory as per the Sexual Harassment Act 2010.
•       All the worker appreciate the Punjab government for making the Punjab Domestic workers Act 2019 now as per promise government should issue worker social security card as early as possible.
•       The government should legislate law for Home-Based Worker.
•       Worker demand for a living wage instead of the minimum wage rate.
•       All the worker demand justice for Mr Rizwan; The leader of Ravi Auto Factory.
•       All the application of worker submitted to Worker Welfare Board should be addressed within 30 days.
•       Labourers should have especial seats in Provincial and National Assembly
•       Price of Electricity, Natural Gas and basic commodities should be decreased.
•       To protect the rights of brick kiln worker government should implement the labour laws and as per THE PUNJAB INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS ACT 2010 brick kiln workers are allowed, therefore brick kiln worker should be facilitated to register their union.
•       The workers should have the contract letter.
•       Worker demand Rs.30000/- as minimum wage.
•       Proper implementation of the minimum wage rate which is Rs. 17500/=
•       Improve the working of Labour Courts.
•       Constitute the Provincial and District level tripartite committees to address the labour issues.
•       District vigilance committees should be activated and should hold a monthly meeting.

At the end Mr. Muhammad Shahid Dep Director IRI thanks all the participants and Labour Education Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 


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