LAHORE: The various union leaders across the province have given some suggestions to Punjab government over newly-drafted Labour Policy.

In a meeting at the office of Working Women Organisation (WWO) Monday, the labour leaders termed the draft of the policy comprehensive, saying it covered workers’ main area of concern. All Pakistan Trade Union Federation General Secretary and WWO Executive Director Aima Mahmood shared the draft of Labour policy with participants.

The participants viewed that the first point which needed to be include in the policy was about gender gap in social safety nets especially in informal sector. “There is need of introducing new way to provide social protection to home-based, agricultural and domestic workers,” they held. All workers including home-based, agricultural, brick kiln and domestic workers were needed to include in different government housing schemes, they suggested. The leaders of the unions urged the government should develop appropriate method to implement ILO Convention 100 (equal remuneration for men and women workers for work of equal value) and also per hour wage for part-time workers, home based, agricultural and domestic workers.–Reporter

“For implementation of Labour Laws there is urgent need to adopt clear and appropriate methods of awareness of labour Laws,” they appealed the provincial government.

“We appreciate the sincere efforts of Punjab government for developing harmony in all stakeholders for protection of workers’ rights and flourishing the industry,” they said in a statement.

APTUF Chairman Sultan Khan, president Fazal-e- Wahid, Nasir Mahmood, Pakistan Workers Confederation president Muhammad Yaqoob, Pakistan Mazdoor Mahaz secretary general Shaukat Ali, Pakistan Workers’ Federation president Muhammad Naseem, WWO members Salma Liquat, Asma Rahman, Huma Naeem, APWA representative Dur-e-Shawar and Muhammad Usman participated in the consultation.