LAHORE - Labour leaders on Thursday said that political parties make mere tall claims in election campaign to give rights to working class but actually do nothing for the welfare of the labourers after coming into power.

“Political parties will be pressurised to fulfil their pledges made in manifestos regarding giving rights to the working class as the new government farmed after election,” announced Aima Mahmood along with representatives of APCA and different labour unions at a press conference in connection of May Day.

Aima, the executive director of Working Women Organisation said that soon an alliance of different labour organisations and civil society would be formed to make strategies that how rulers would be pushed to address the issues confronting labour class of the country. The workers’ rights would be protected through the new alliance, she vowed.

“Instead of chanting slogans, political parties should take practical steps for protecting the right of 80 per cent poor and labour class of the country,” she stressed.

Aima asked the rulers to suggest steps to bring change in plight of 45 per cent labourers work in agriculture sector. The representatives of labour organisation demanded that now when the provinces had been given autonomy, the ILO and Cedo Convention should be under consideration in legislation for working class. They asked for the amendment in health and safety laws and ensured its implementation. They said that political parties had not focused on the rights of working women in their manifestos which was regrettable and demanded that the next government should create employment opportunities for women workers and recognise their contribution in development of the country.

Aima asked the political parties to strengthen their labour wings. She stressed for the need of legislation to transfer the workers old age institute and workers welfare funds to the provinces.