LAHORE: Labour and Human Resource Minister Raja Ashfaq Sarwar said on Monday that following the 18th Amendment, there was need for educating all stakeholders with regard to enforcement of labour laws in letter and spirit.
Chairing a meeting, the minister stressed the need for creating an environment conducive for providing job opportunities for unemployed youths ensuring freedom, equality and security for workers.
Sarwar called for steps aimed at socio-economic development so that workers could be pulled from poverty. He said an educated and trained work force along with improved human development indicators was essential for competitiveness and global standards compliance.
The minister said the provincial government had been complying with international labour standards and related labour rights defined by the International Labour Organisation.
He said the government had taken concrete steps to improve working conditions, ensure decent wages, appropriate working hours and health and safety cover. He ordered the authorities concerned to remain active against child work and bonded labour.
“Social safety nets for workers and their family members have been expanded to include health insurance, pension, education, training and maternity benefits,” Sarwar said. Labour Welfare Director General Muhammad Saleem Hussain and Director Daud Abdullah attended the meeting.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 16th, 2016.
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