Increased unfair labour practices against women workers

Khadijah Shah

LAHORE, PAKISTAN, Oct 25: Muttahida Labour Federation chairman Muhammad Yaqub articulates there is a marked increase in unfair labour practices against women workers due to suspension of labour inspections.

Speaking at a training workshop for informal sector women and trade union workers at Kot Lakhpat here, he said a number of medicine companies, garments and confectionary units had started employing home-based women workers to multiply their profits. Such women were being paid nominal wages and denied all the benefits available under labour laws.

Federation secretary-general Muhammad Hanif Ramay alleged hundreds of thousands of workers in formal and informal sectors were being denied minimum wages and made to work for up to 12 hours a day in violation of the ILO conventions due to relaxation in working hours allowed during the tenure of Pervez Musharraf.

A majority of female workers in formal sector had not been issued appointment letters and were denied social security and old-age benefits.

The violations of law could not be checked owing to suspension of labour inspections.

Ferhan Mazher
Chairman (Rays of Development Organization, Sargodha, Pakistan)

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