Jan 11: IT is ironic that the secretary of labour in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa held a press conference where he emphasised the need for enforcing stricter checks on industries to ensure that labour laws were properly followed.
However, only a few weeks earlier it was reported that the KP government-owned company, KPOGCL, has more than 350 daily wage employees, while none of these employees is registered with the ESSI or the EOBI.
I am sure that if any government organisation is following all labour laws and checks records checked by third parties, it will find such organisations are incurring great losses. This is because the labour laws only favour workers and do not have any benefits for the industries.
For example, an industry cannot remove a worker without notice. If they do, then the industry can be taken to the labour court and asked to compensate the worker. But a worker can leave without informing the industry management and the management has no way to get compensation as the workers don’t have permanent addresses and the labour courts cannot summon them easily, unlike industries that cannot change their addresses.
I would recommend that the secretary labour of the KP government should first try to impose all labour laws on government entities. He can investigate with the government entities on the difficulties or short comings in the laws and then create a new set of laws that is beneficial to both the employees and the employers.
All industries would happily adapt beneficial laws and there would be no need to hold angry press conferences. Trying to impose laws that are anti-employer and favour only the workers, will have a negative impact on KP’s business community.
A letter by Hamza Khan, Peshawar
Published by Daily Dawn on Jan 11, 2018