3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
SDPI Seminar Hall, 38, Embassy Road, G-6/3, Islamabad
Workers’ Memorial Day takes place on every April 28th- as an international day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work. According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), each year, more than two million women and men die as a result of work-related accidents and diseases across the world. The themes of the day selected for 2011 are “Remembers the dead, fight for the living” and “Workers Need Strong Regulation and Enforcement; We don’t vote to die at work”.
This is an opportunity to highlight the preventable nature of most workplace accidents and to promote campaigns in the fight for improvements in workplace safety. 28 April was chosen for the days as it is the anniversary of the “Occupational Health and Safety Act” in the USA and also commemorates the day that 28 people were killed in a construction incident in Connecticut. Since 1989 trade unions in the USA, UK, Asia, Europe and Africa have organised events on and around 28 April.
The objective of this seminar is to highlight the plight of the workers and their rights for safer, healthier and better life, status of laws and changes required to meet the objectives. It will also highlight the crucial role played by trade unions, Labour laws, loopholes, and effective enforcement in securing safer workplaces for workers.
The conclusions of this seminar will form the basis for campaigns on Workers Memorial Day in Pakistan by encouraging governments, organizations, communities, and individuals around the world to actively engage in addressing the workers health and safety problems in all sectors.
Chair: Ms Farzana Yasmin, Project Associate, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI)
- Mr Chaudhry Manzoor, Former MNA, PPP, Incharge Peoples Labour Bureau
- Mr Akram Bunda, General Secretary PTV Workers Union, Deputy General Pakistan Workers Federation (PWF)
- Mr C. R. Shamsi, Former Secretary General, Pakistan Federal Union of Journalist (PFUJ)
- Mr M. Zahoor Awan, Deputy General Secretary, Pakistan Workers Federation (PWF)