All Trade Unions Conference in Lahore – Govt urged to review policies

All Trade Unions Conference in Lahore – Govt urged to review policies:
LAHORE (September 27, 2011): Government should review its retrogressive economic and social policies that have been aggravating abject poverty by rendering hundreds of thousands of workers unemployed.
It should also take measures to overcome gas and electricity loadshedding, improve the law and order situation, check flight of capital and stop plundering of national wealth by the elite class that has been making the rich richer and the poor poorer.
The demands were raised through unanimous resolutions adopted at a meeting of the representatives of Muttahida Labour Federation, All Pakistan Trade Union Federation, National Trade Union Federation, Watan Dost Mazdoor Federation and Port Workers Federation Pakistan under the umbrella of the Pakistan Workers Federation at Labour Hall on Tuesday.
The house appealed to the government in particular and the civil society in general to extend support to rain-stricken people of Sindh.
The resolutions called for bringing all federal and provincial labour laws in conformity with the ILO Conventions 87 and 98 ratified by the government, especially abolishing restriction on exercise of fundamental rights of the workers regarding freedom of association and collective bargaining.
PWF Secretary-General Khurshid Ahmad urged the government to amend the retrogressive Industrial Relation Ordinance 2011 and Section 27/B of the Banking Companies Ordinance and get enforced in letter and spirit all the labour laws, including the Seventh Wage Board Award for Newspaper Employees through independent labour inspection machinery in accordance with the ILO Convention 81.
Regularisation of all contract and work-charged employees, increase in pay and pension in commensuration with hike in prices, provision of free medical facilities to retired industrial workers under the social security scheme, an end to privatisation of National Thermal Power Stations and reinstatement of KESC and PTCL employees, who were sacked after being implicated in terrorism cases, were the other demands raised through unanimous resolutions presented by PWF Chairman Altaf Baloch, senior vice-president Yousaf Baloch, NTUF secretary-general Akbar Ali Khan, APTUF president Fazle Wahid, Niaz Muhammad, Osama Tariq, Niaz Khan Rao Naseem Ahmad and others.
(Published in Daily DAWN on 28-9-2011)

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