Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that his government believes that the real human uplift lies in the development of our labour class who are the engine of our industrial and economic growth.
Addressing a program organized by Sindh Labour Department to observe World Labour Day by distributing welfare grants among the labourers here at the Chief Minister House here on Tuesday.
Murad said that Pakistan Peoples’ Party right from the tenure of its founder Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto has been trying to protect the rights of workers.
“It was Shaheed Bhutto who had presented first-ever labour policy in 1972 under which Workers Welfare Ordinance, Employees Old Age Benefit (EOBI) and Industrial Relations Ordinance (IRO) were introduced,” he said, adding, the IRO had ensured job security of workers, the industrial units or companies were bound down to give bonus to their workers.
In this regard, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’s struggled and hard work towards the improvement of labour laws and to eliminate child labour, he recalled.
She reinstated the services of thousands of workers who were removed by dictators from different organizations, he pointed out.
Remarking on his government, Murad Ali Shah said his government presented a comprehensive labour policy prepared in consultation with all stakeholders. Sindh government has made an effective legislation to protect the rights of workers, he added.
He quoted some laws such as Sindh Companies Profit (Workers Participation) Act 2015, The Sindh Differently Abled Persons (Employment, Rehabilitation & Welfare) Act 2014, The Sindh Workers Welfare Fund Act 2014, Sindh Terms of Employment (Standing Orders) Act 2015, Sindh Shops & Commercial Establishment Act 2015, Sindh Factories Act 2015, Sindh Compensation Act and so many other laws and amendments.
He urged the industrialists to contribute as per their share in workers fund so that necessary facilities such as health, education and houses could be provided to the workers of this province. “They are the strength of your companies and they are the power of our economy,” he addressed to the industrialists.
Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said that the martyrs of Chicago were being remembered today but “I don’t want to forget the workers, male and female, of Baldia factory who were roasted alive in this city,” he said adding, “Their sacrifice would always be remembered.”
He said that he would work for the welfare of children working in shops to earn square meals for their families. “I have a plan to rehabilitate them by providing them stipend equivalent to their earnings and impart them technical education to accommodate them in different industrial units and factories,” he said.
He also recalled the services of Asif Ali Zardari who introduced 18th Amendment during his tenure as a President of Pakistan under which various labour laws and functions of federal government were devolved to the provinces.
Those who spoke on the occasion include Raza Rabbani who shed light on the struggle of labourers for their rights all over the world. He also spoke about different legislations introduced by PPP government for upholding the rights of workers.
Rabbani criticized the prime minister for inaugurating new Islamabad airport on International Labour Day and also lashed out for removing the name of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto from the new airport.
Labour and Information Minister Nasir Shah discussed the labour policy he had announced in February 2018. He termed it a big success of the PPP government.
The other who spoke include Planning and Development Minister, Saeed Ghani, Labour Leader Habib Junedi, Industrialists Qasim Siraj Teli and Majeed Aziz. The chief minister also distributed cheques of welfare among the workers.