Govt asked to ensure implementation of labour laws in factories

Women workers on Tuesday asked Labour Department to ensure implementation of labour laws in factories by making inspection system more efficient and gender friendly, to check non-payment of wages and in many cases less than the official minimum wages.
The workers complain that they work for more than 12 hours instead of 8 hours a day and no over time is paid for their extra work, the workers are not allowed to avail leaves and in case of emergencies, their wages are deducted for availing leave.
Saima Ambreen, labour leader working in a factory said that the provincial labour department, which was responsible for ensuring safe working conditions and health and safety of workers at work places, but the labour inspections system is inadequate as there is a small number of labour inspectors to cover all industries.
It is pertinent to mention here that Women Action for Better Workplaces (WAction), a project of Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability (TDEA), shared their report on “Monitoring of Workplace of Women” which spoke about the dismal situation of enforcement of labour laws in the country.—APP

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