Leaders of six labour federations and trade unions have opposed handover of Workers Welfare Board (WWF) and Employees Old Age Benefit Institution (EOBI) to provinces and demanded repeal of Workers Welfare Fund Act 2014 enacted by Sindh government in haste.
They said in a press conference on July 20th that the devolution of WWF and EOBI to provinces would deprive workers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan of the facilities of Tripartite Welfare Organisation because the two provinces had small number of factories and, therefore EOBI and WWF generated limited income. They proposed that a law ensuring merit-based representation of government, employers and workers should be enacted in line with the ILO convention 144 and Workers Welfare Fund Ordinance 1971 in consultation with labour leaders.
Various labour leaders present at the press club were: Qamoos Gul Khattak of Muttahida Labour Federation, Rana Mehmood Ali Khan of National Labour Federation, Mehboob Qureshi of Pakistan Workers Federation, Ghulam Sarwar Chandio of All Sindh Trade Union Organisation, Ashraf Rajput of Sindh Sugar Mills Workers Federation and Mohammad Ali Khoso of Sindh Mines Workers Federation. They stated if their demands were not met, they would launch protest sit-ins.
They alleged the portfolio of the labour department had been given to an unelected wadera, Asghar Junejo, who considered industrial workers as his personal haris and preferred to run the department through his front men. They alleged that...