demand abolition of contract system
Convention decides to launch movement against govt’s anti-labour
News (Pakistan) 8 June 2007
HYDERABAD: A labourers'
convention on Wednesday demanded the abolition of contract and daily-wage
system in the light of the court decisions and called for withdrawal
of the IRO-2002.
The convention was
held at the Hyderabad Press Club under the aegis of Pakistan Sugar Mills
Workers Federation (PSMWF), Sindh chapter.
General Secretary Basheer Ahmed, Sindh President Abdul Majeed Leghari,
Muhammad Ashraf Rajput, Qamoos Gul Khattak of the Muttahida Labour Federation,
Rana Mahmood Ali Khan of the National Labour Federation, Abdul Latif
Nizamani and others addressed the convention.
They said labourers
were the worst-affected section of the country and despite the skyrocketing
prices the workers, especially daily-wagers and contract workers, were
never given any relief.
the government for its failure in checking spiraling prices and ensuring
implementation of minimum salary, e.g. Rs 4,000. They maintained that
on the one hand the government was planning to increase salaries but
on the other prices were skyrocketing without any check.
They said the government
was incapable of implementing its own policies as industrialists and
capitalists were following their own laws and regulations. They decided
to launch a comprehensive movement against these anti-labour policies
and hegemony of capitalists.
at the convention, the labourers called for declaring all contract and
daily-wage employees permanent. They demanded reinstatement of all the
employees of sugar mills and restoration of facilities for sugar mills
workers. They called for allowing union activities in sugar mills.
A resolution called
for restoration of transmission of television channels and reinstatement
of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. They called for controlling
price-hike and poor law and order situation, and raise in labourers'
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leaders slam contract, daily wage system
Dawn 7 June 2007
6: Labour leaders on Wednesday criticised the contract and daily wage
system, which they said had been declared illegal by the superior judiciary
because it deprived the workers of their legal rights.
They said at a workers’
convention organised by the Sindh chapter of the Pakistan Sugar Mills
Workers Federation that the contract and daily wage system was not even
mentioned in the labour laws but the capitalists were recruiting workers
on contract and daily wage basis in flagrant violation of labour laws
and the decisions of superior judiciary.
They said that the
ever rising inflation had made it almost impossible for the low-paid
members of working class to make both ends meet. The industrialists
were not even paying the minimum wage of Rs4,000 a month fixed by the
government and hired workers for Rs2,000 to Rs2,500 a month on contract
and daily wage basis, they said.
They said that the
government had completely failed to implement labour laws and demanded
that the minimum wage of a worker should be made equal to the price
of 10 grams of gold.
The convention adopted
several resolutions demanding abolition of contract and daily wage systems,
regularisation of services, reinstatement of all the sugar mills workers
whose services were terminated and restoration of bonus and other legal
urged the government to direct sugar mills in NWFP to lift sugarcane
for crushing and repeal anti workers IRO-2002 and section 27-B of the
A resolution condemned
blocking of transmission of some of TV channels and demanded immediate
reinstatement of the Chief Justice of Pakistan and establishment of
an independent election commission to hold elections in a transparent
The speakers included
secretary general of the federation Basheer Ahmed, APTUO President Chacha
Moula Bux Khaskheli, secretary general of Muttahida Labour Federation
Qamoos Gul Khattak, NLF President Rana Mehmood Ali Khan, Mohammad Zaman
Khan and Mohammad Nabi Khan from NWFP and Abdul Hayee Khan of Sindh