Speakers demand changes to labour laws
6 December 2022
Participants of an awareness session held in
Peshawar on Monday demanded amendments to
the labour laws and legislation regulating
the affairs of factories in the province to
protect the rights of workers, eliminate
harassment and ensure provision of
facilities to workers.
The event on “Employees’ Social Security
Institutions (ESSI) and Employees’ Old-Age
Benefits Institution (EOBI) Laws” was held
under aegis of the Sarhad Chamber of
Commerce and Industry (SCCI) with the
sponsorship of GIZ – a German development
agency at the Chamber’s House here,
according to a news release here.
SCCI president Mohammad Ishaq chaired the
session, which was attended by
representatives of the unions of factory
workers, traders, importers, exporters, and
members of the relevant organisations.
The participants were briefed about main
objectives of the awareness programme, while
expert Sharif Khan Khattak highlighted the
significance of ESSI and EOBI laws.
The SCCI chief said it was imperative to
bring changes to the laws pertaining to
factories to address the workers’ issues and
problems of industrialists. He said the
business community should have awareness of
laws and regulations.
He called upon the relevant institutions to
avoid harassing the business community on
the pretext of enforcing laws in order to
keep their dignity intact.
The other speakers said the business
community was ready to cooperate with
relevant institutions in enforcement of
relevant laws. However, they said
unnecessary actions and harassment by labour
department was intolerable.
Mr Ishaq said the event was basically meant
to sensitise the business community about
laws and regulations and build up their
capacity as per modern requirements.
He also appreciated the participants for
taking keen interests and active
participation in the training/awareness