Sindh Labour Convention: Workers demand implementation of labour laws

Karachi: Representatives of different labour unions have demanded of the government to strictly implement the labour laws to stop widespread exploitation of the workers class.

They were addressing at a Sindh Labour Convention at the Karachi Press Club (KPC) in the memory of founder general secretary of National Trade Union Federation (NTUF) Saleem Raza on the occasion of his seventh anniversary.

The moot organized by the NTUF was presided over by their central president Rafiq Baloch and was attended by labour leaders belonging to all provinces the country.

NTUF central deputy general secretary Nasir Mansoor said the process of privatization has already failed in Pakistan. Giving the example of the privatization of KESC, he said consumers were not facilitated after the privatization but instead the electricity went costlier and the duration of load shedding further expanded. He said the consumers are paying more bills just for more load shedding. He said the proposed privatization of Pakistan Steel Mills, Pakistan Railways, PIA and other state-run institutions would further destroy the national economy. He suggested to run these institutions profitably with the cooperation of their labour unions.

National Party leader Tahir Bizenjo, secretary general Communist Party of Pakistan Imdad Qazi, Home based Women Workers Federation general secretary Zahra Khan and others also spoke.

On the occasion, the provincial body of NTUF was elected, with Gul Rehman as president, Abbas Riaz as general secretary, Muhammad Aslam and Sher Ali as vice presidents, Naseem Bano as joint secretary, Deeba as women secretary and Samiullah as information secretary.

NTUF president Rafiq Baloch in his speech expressed concern over deteriorating working conditions in factories and demanded strict implementation of labour laws and safeguard of due rights of labours.

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