Govt asked to collect taxes from elite

PR LAHORE – The government should urgently intervene to save the poor from threats of the rising unemployment on account of devolution of Pakistan currency against dollar and rising price of petrol and oil and foreign debts worth Rs6000 trillion. The government should also impose taxes upon the elite to raise national income.

These views were expressed by Khurshid Ahmed, general secretary of All Pakistan Workers Confederation, in a large meeting of trade unions representatives belonging to WAPDA/electricity, railway, transport, construction, textile, engineering, poultry, mines, PWD, irrigation, garment and other industries, which was held Wednesday at Bakhtiar Labour Hall. The meeting was presided over by Rubina Jamil, President of the Confederation. She urged the government to get amended the outdated labour laws in accordance with ILO ratified conventions by the government and get established an independent Labour Inspection Machinery in accordance with ILO Convention No. 144 ratified by the government of Pakistan since there were only 72 labour inspectors for inspection of thousands of factories. The meeting was also addressed by Yousaf Baloch, Akber Ali Khan, Abdul Latif Nizamani (Sindh), Haji Ramzan Achakzai (Balochistan), Gohar Taj (KP), Niaz Khan, Haji Abdul Jabbar (Faisalabad), Ch Muhammad Anwar (Railway) and Osama Tariq (Wapda).

The house urged the government to raise old age pension from Rs5000 per month to at least Rs.15000 and bring the contract and temporary workers on regular basis and provide cheap electricity and gas to the textile industry for reopening the closed factories. It warned the government not to privatize the national public utilities of Railway, electricity.

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