Labour rights

Published: November 21, 2016

RAWALPINDI: Labourers in Pakistan work harder than any other working group in the country. They hardly make ends meet and remain unappreciated. They work from day to night in order to feed their families but it is unfortunate that some are still unable to do so. The daily wages they get according to the work they do is not justified in Pakistan. Labourers working for different private firms are not getting paid even after working up to full capacity. Some aged workers are also seen working, despite not being capable of doing the work, so they can earn a livelihood.

The government needs to play its part to resolve this issue by fixing their daily wages according to the work labourers put in, keeping in view inflation in country. Private firms should also be made answerable for not paying due wages to labourers. There should be an age limit for labourers to work and after that, they should be given adequate pensions by the government. Finally, there should be a labour foundation for their children that provides them with education and other basic necessities of life.

Saba Mumtaz

Published in The Express Tribune, November 21st, 2016.

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