Pakistan, US among countries that systematically violate rights of workers: Report

Published: May 21, 2014
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ITUC ranked Pakistan among countries where systematic violations of rights of workers are reported. PHOTO: APP/FILE

ITUC ranked Pakistan among countries where systematic violations of rights of workers are reported. PHOTO: APP/FILE

ITUC ranked Pakistan among countries where systematic violations of rights of workers are reported. PHOTO: APP/FILE The report point out that in Qatar and Saudi Arabia, where work force is primarily comprised of migrants, workers are often kept in deploring conditions. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), an alliance of regional trade confederations that advocates for labour rights around the world, ranked Pakistan alongside the US among countries where systematic violations of rights of workers are reported.

Pakistan was given a score of 4 along with countries like United States, Kuwait, Bahrain on The Global Rights Index: The World’s Worst Countries for Workers.

The report ranked countries on a scale of 1-5 (1 being best and 5 worst) on the basis of standards of fundamental rights at work, in particular the right to freedom of association, the right to collective bargaining and the right to strike.

The workers in countries with the rating of 4 have reported systematic violations. The government and, or companies are engaged in serious efforts to crush the collective voice of workers putting fundamental rights under continuous threat.

The report put Central African Republic, Libya, Palestine, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, and Ukraine as the worst country to work. In countries with a score of 5+ on the Index, workers were reported to have no guarantee of rights due to the breakdown of the rule of law.

The situation in India and Bangladesh was worse than Pakistan with both countries scoring 5 on the index.

While the legislation in countries with a rating of 5 may spell out certain rights workers but workers have effectively no access to these rights and are therefore exposed to autocratic regimes and unfair labour practices.

Other prominent countries with the rating of 5 include Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, China, and turkey.

The report further pointed out that in Qatar and Saudi Arabia, where the work force is primarily comprised of migrants, workers are often kept in deploring conditions. “In countries such as Qatar or Saudi Arabia, the exclusion of migrant workers from collective labour rights means that effectively more than 90 per cent of the workforce is unable to have access to their rights leading to forced labour practices in both countries supported by archaic sponsorship laws.”

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Moiz Omar
    May 21, 2014 - 10:29PM

    Pakistan having such a terrible rating is horrible but not surprising. We need to change ourselves.

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  • Ali S
    May 21, 2014 - 10:33PM

    Comments of “But Pakistan ranks better than India and China” incoming…

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  • Hayya Habibi
    May 21, 2014 - 11:29PM

    ET please publish….The entire world can be bad but not worse than the Arab employers who squeeze their workers’ blood till the last drop. So if China and India get 5 for being bad then Arabs and specially UAE should get 10 on the worst scale.

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  • Fatima Taneiji
    May 21, 2014 - 11:47PM

    Arab states from the AGCC cannot be included in the rating. (Acores are only from 1-5, not 1-100)
    Point made, and hope it changes.

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  • Umair Ahmad
    May 22, 2014 - 12:11AM

    Not only that all of the South Asian countries cheat our laborers of their rights at home, India/Pakistan/Sri Lanka/Bangladesh are equally complicit in looking the other way when our countrymen rights are violated abroad (read Middle East). United States on the other hand is also getting away from its Union culture which got average workforce 8 hour workdays/benefits/5 days work week etc. Michigan right to work law is the worst case of workers right violation in the name of giving people work at low wages. Recommend

  • goggi (Lahore)
    May 22, 2014 - 12:32AM

    This is Postmodern Slavery!

    The symbiosis of men, machines and money can only be broken when we remember back to

    our roots and real values ​​of life.

    We were simple dhoti clad people of the Indus valley civilisation. And now we have become

    a SOCIETY OF MONEY-MAD MONSTERS!

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  • Shamsher Singh Bajwa
    May 22, 2014 - 12:57AM

    “The situat­ion in India and Bangla­desh is worse than Pakist­an,” and that’s all it matters!

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  • P8riot
    May 22, 2014 - 1:27AM

    Yes!! The situation in India and Bangladesh is worse. We Won!! Pakistan Zinderbad!

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  • S.A
    May 22, 2014 - 2:11AM

    UAE, Dubai is the Worst of All.

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  • interesting
    May 22, 2014 - 3:43AM

    @Ali S
    ‘But Pakistan ranks better than India ‘

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  • Beck
    May 22, 2014 - 3:58AM

    Not to worry, we are in the league of great nations i.e US.

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  • Kolsat
    May 22, 2014 - 4:38AM

    @Ali S: as usual it does not matter that workers are treated badly in Pakistan because the workers are treated worse in India and ever competitive Pakistanis are happy. Also by not naming the Arab countries the article ha preserved the honour of the Muslim nations even though they are very well known for treating their employees abominably.

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  • a&a
    May 22, 2014 - 6:50AM

    Again India is ahead of us………Recommend

  • lol
    May 22, 2014 - 6:55AM

    @Kolsat:
    Shinning india Spotted :D

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  • goldconsumer
    May 22, 2014 - 10:05AM

    @Kolsat:
    So you think this report is a “muslim” report?

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  • Timorlane
    May 22, 2014 - 10:39AM

    They should consider farm workers also as workers and they would find that waderas violate not only their rights but their lives and honor too

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