Ex­perts laud govt poli­cies for labourer’s wel­fare

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

LA­HORE—Labour rights ac- tivists and ex­perts on Fri­day ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion over the gov­ern­ment poli­cies and mea­sures adopted for the wel­fare of labour­ers and their fam­i­lies. They said that it was re­ally ap­pre­cia­ble that the gov­ern­ment had taken steps for bring­ing the na­tional labour laws at par with the in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

Talk­ing to APP on Fri­day, the ex­perts also lauded gov­ern­ment mea­sures for en­act­ing laws to pro­tect rights of home-based, do­mes­tic, fac­tory and woman work­ers. Na­tional Trade Union Fed­er­a­tion Pak­istan (NTUF) Deputy Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Nasir Man­soor said that there should be a new law to de­fine terms of work­ers’ em­ploy­ment and rat­ify the ILO Con­ven­tion C-189 that talks about their rights.

Bonded Labour Lib­er­a­tion Front Pak­istan (BLLF) Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Syeda Ghu­lam Fatima said that woman em­pow­er­ment could not be achieved without eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment. She said that there was an ur­gent need for iden­ti­fy­ing bar­ri­ers to women’s eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment, and find ways to re­move them.

She said that mil­lions of home-based women work­ers should be given their due rights as per the con­sti­tu­tion and the labour laws. She wel­comed the ac­tion against brick-kiln own­ers, and termed it a wise de­ci­sion by the gov­ern­ment.

She lauded the gov­ern­ment for con­sti­tut­ing Vig­i­lance Com­mit­tees to ad­dress the is­sues of child labour at brick-kilns across the coun­try. Ap­pre­ci­at­ing the new law in Pun­jab re­gard­ing child labour at brick-kilns, she said the dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion should adopt and im­ple­ment the law in let­ter and spirit.

A se­nior of­fi­cial of the Labour De­part­ment said the fed­eral gov­ern­ment was func­tion­ing in close co­or­di­na­tion with the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments to re­vive new labour and em­ploy­ment laws, which were on its con­cur­rent leg­isla­tive list.

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