LAHORE, Oct 12: The participants of a seminar on `National Action Plan for Social Justice and Decent Work’ have stressed the need to introduce agrarian reforms by abolishing feudalism on war-footing basis to bridge the increasing inequalities between the rich and the poor.
Participated in by representatives of the constituent trade unions of the All Pakistan Workers Confederation at Labour Hall on Oct 11, the seminar was also addressed by veteran journalist IA Rehman and eminent economist Dr Pervez Tahir.
Mr Rehman said that the government should devise and implement a comprehensive social security system for the working class. He also called for the revival of the trade union movement in the country.
Supporting the assertion of workers’ representatives for agrarian reforms, Dr Tahir said that a policy should be evolved for provision of easy loans to skilled workers, enabling them to earn their livelihood.
APWC president Robina Jameel demanded that women workforce be provided equal opportunities for advancement of their careers through introducing institutions that could check violence and harassment.
There should be day care centres near the workplaces with pick-and-drop facility for women, she said.
Confederation General Secretary Khurshid Ahmed said that on an average annually more than 200 workers of electricity companies died while performing duties on lines and grids. The number of workers who lost their limb or became disabled was much more.
Ahmed urged workers to refuse to work in case they were not provided with safety gadgets and equipment at work place.
“Owing to lack of safety regulation implementation at workplace, Pakistan is being termed one of the most dangerous countries for field staff on the basis of high number of workers who fall prey to fatal accidents in mines, textile, chemical, transport and other industries due to unsafe working conditions,” he said.
Confederation office-bearers Akbar Ali Khan and Osama Tariq urged the government to get implemented labour laws through an independent inspection mechanism in industrial and commercial sectors.
Rana Saleem, Niaz Khan and Yousaf Baloch said it should be mandatory for the employers to ensure workers’ health and safety at the workplace.
Published by Daily Dawn on Oct 12, 2017