Experts laud govt policies for labourer’s welfare
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.