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Pakistan lags behind in skilled women
- Despite of passing a year of the newly democratic government, no
significant improvement has been noticed in the lives of the workers
rather they are facing more challenges.
to freedom of association and collective bargain remain restricted,
a number of workers lost their lives due to inadequate health and
safety arrangement at workplace, social protection schemes remain
limited to few. Hundreds of workers lost jobs with the reason of so-called
There was no increase in the wages as compared to sky rocketing inflation,
extreme labour exploitation in the shape of bonded labour and child
labour also continued. It was said in a Press statement issued by
Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) on Thursday
on the eve of May Day 2009.
The PILER brief highlights the status of labour during the last one
year. Even though the present government has replaced the notorious
Industrial Relations Ordinance 2002 with the new Industrial Relations
Act (IRA) 2008, the trade unions still have serious reservations about
the newly enacted Act. Labour leaders complain that the workers were
not consulted while formulating the IRA 2008.
government claims that the new Act is for a shorter duration and would
be replaced by a comprehensive law by 2010. The government also conducted
a so-called Pakistan Tripartite Labour Conference in February 2009
to review IRA 2008 for consensus on a new legislation, till now truly
‘broad-based tripartite consultations among social partners’ is missing.
PILER has urged the legislators to incorporate the provisions of ILO
Conventions No 87 and 98 relating to Freedom of Association and Collective
Bargaining while modifying the IRA 2008 to make it acceptable to the
workers’ organisations and extend coverage of social protection schemes
to all workers particularly the vulnerable informal sector, home-based
women workers and sub-contracted workers.
Quoting figures, the PILER statement said out of total labour force
of over 50 million in Pakistan, only 6.62 million workers are benefited
from the formal social protection schemes of any form.
No scheme specifically covers the workers in the informal sector,
may they be home-based women workers or workers in small and unregistered
factories or sub-contracted workers of the large-scale manufacturing
NATION Karachi, May 01, 2009