Call for enforcement of labour laws

Salim Ahmed

Lahore—Provincial Minister for Labour & HR Raja Ashfaq Sarwar has said that keeping in view the post 18th Amendment scenario, there is an urgent need to increase awareness level among all the stakeholders as we are facing the challenges of enforcement of labour laws with letter and spirit. The Punjab government is complying with the International Labour Standards (ILS) and related labour rights defined by ILO and other donor agencies.
He said this while chairing a meeting held in this regard. DG Labour Welfare Muhammad Saleem Hussain, Director Labour (HQ) Daud Abdullah and other concerned officers attended the meeting. The Minister stressed upon the need for creation of such an environment that fosters generation of productive employments under decent work (DW) comprising freedom, equality, security and rights, not only pulling working women and men out of poverty but for sustaining a benevolent socio-economic development. Raja Ashfaq Sarwar said that human capital based, educated and trained work force together with improved Human Development Indicators (HDIs), is essential for competitiveness and global standards compliance. Raja Ashfaq Sarwar directed the concerned labour authorities to evolve actionable plans ensuring decent work for all, involving opportunities of such work which is productive, delivering fair income, providing security at work place and ensuring social protection for these workers and their families. He said that provincial government is taking concrete measures to improve working conditions of labour class, demonstrating decent wages, minimum wages, accepted working hours, health and safety measures.
He stressed upon the need of gender equality, employability with skilled labour and eradication of child and bonded labour. Social safety nets for the employed workers and their family members are strengthened and expanded which includes health insurance, pension, workers’ compensation, education, training and maternity benefits.

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