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The Nation

Published Date: May 5, 2011


ISLAMABAD (APP) – Speakers here at a seminar called for the enforcement of Labour laws in securing safer work environment for workers and employees.
Seminar on “Workers’ Memorial Day; Remember the Dead and fight for Living” was organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPD here on Wednesday.

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 speakers included Former MNA, PPP and In charge Peoples Labour Bureau, Chaudhry Manzoor, General Secretary PTV Workers Union and Deputy General Pakistan.workers Federation (PWF), Akram Bunda, C. R Shamsi, Former Secretary General, Pakistan Federal Union of Journalist (PFUJ), Ms Farzana Yasmin, Project Associate, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPD, who also moderated the proceedings.
The speakers on the occasion highlighted the workers plight, envisioned in the law and their right for safer; healthier and better life. They observed that current status of Labour laws, loopholes and changes are required to meet the objectives.

“Worker’s registration be ensured so that they can benefit S4 from social security services like Pakistan Workers Welfare Fund, insurance, old age benefits, medical and other fringe benefits with such social security net,” they demanded.
Chaudhry Manzoor high lighted the importance of workers memorial days and accounted various phases of labour is struggle like Chicago incident, historic Union Act in 1926, post independence subtraction up of labour rights, Pro-Labour policies of Peoples Party and Zulkiqar All Bhutto in 70s