Garment workers call for strict labour laws in Pakistan
Unless strict labour laws are implemented, industrial
growth in Pakistan, particularly of garment and textile sector, is not
This was vehemently stated by the speakers of Textile Garment General
Workers Union (Korangi) and National Trade Union Federation (NTUF) at a
protest rally held on 27 January 2019. The rally was held against the
illegal sacking of garment workers and open violation of labour laws.
The speakers condemned the Government for completely overlooking the labour
class in the recently released mini-budget and urged them to implement
strict labour laws.
Nasir Mansoor, Deputy General Secretary, NUTF said international garment
brands had promised Global Framework Agreement for better wages for labour
and also it was agreed that workers can form trade unions.
However, he added, currently international garment brands have been not only
making labour work for 10 hours but also forcing them to work on holidays.
Besides, there have been no efforts to improve on the health of the workers
or gender equality.
“Sadly, over 65 per cent workers do not even have appointment letters and
can be sacked anytime,” averred Abdul Basit, General Secretary, Textile and
Garment General Workers Union.
The associations have strongly urged the Government to abolish
contract-labour system and also make laws that allow the worker to not work
more than 8 hours a day and get a mandatory weekly off.
They also urged the international brands to respect and implement labour
laws in Pakistan.