KARACHI  - The Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME) organised May Day rally to commemorate the declaration of labour rights. The rally demanded better wages, facilities and environment for the labourers.

Zulfikar Thaver, as representative of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), emphasized the principles of the UNGC for promotion of human rights, labour welfare, anti-corruption and environment which are the goals of the UNGC.

He said it is the primary object of the UNGC to protect human rights and ensure that the human rights are not trampled and all sections of the citizens are respected, protected and given level playing field to pursue their goals under the Pakistani flag without discrimination against colour, cast or creed.

Speaking on the main theme of labour laws, rights, fair wages and facilities for their comfort, safety and health care, he urged the provincial governments to give serious attention to their needs and welfare.

He urged the participants to vote, support and elect the candidates who will uphold the constitution and fight against corruption and invited their attention to the fact the forthcoming elections on 11th May are crucial and demands the voters to wisely select their candidates for the provincial and national assemblies who are committed to change the systems for proper enforcement of law and order, economic discipline, austerity, scientific approach to problems and promotion of agriculture.

Outlining the need for uplift of the micro sector, he and other participants stressed the need for technical institute to train the carpenters, plumbers, electricians, masons, painters to improve their skills to enable them earn more.

Their average daily income is below Rs 400 and needs to be raised reasonably as the actual income generating working days in a month are below 21 days considering the holidays and frequent strikes declared by the political parties who are selfish and for their own political mileage harm the daily wage earners. The rally demanded Rs 12000 as the minimum per month wages of the labourers and urged the government to declare Rs 12000 as the minimum wages for workers with free medical care and old age benefits for all workers on the payroll or employed under contract.