Rejecting a proposed labour policy of the Sindh government, the city’s business and industrial community said on February 8th that the “one-sided” document was prepared without taking all stakeholders on board.
Leaders of all major trade bodies and industrial estates unanimously rejected the recommendations of the first Sindh tripartite labour conference and the contents of the draft Sindh labour policy before it was unveiled on Feb. 10th. The leaders demanded that the first draft Sindh labour policy be finalised after holding broad-based consultations and discussions of industrial town associations and value-added export associations. They also called upon the authorities to finalise the policy in the light of what the competing countries in the region had.
These leaders belonging to a wide segment of trade and industry of the city rejected the idea of enhancing minimum wages up to Rs25,000 per month. Industrial and trade bodies don’t want minimum wages to be raised up to Rs25,000. They strongly felt that instead of increasing the wages the government should have formulated a strategy to control the prices of consumer goods. They argued that wages in Pakistan were already high as compared to regional competing countries.