Activists hail registration of Agriculture and Fishing Workers Union

Monday, February 9th, 2015 12:55:36 by

KARACHI: Sindh has registered the country's first ever trade union of workers belonging to agriculture and fishery sector, “Sindh Agriculture and Fishing Workers Union” (SAFWU), consequent to amendment in the Sindh Industrial Relations Act 2013.Labour leaders and activists working for the cause of labourers' rights in the country highly appreciative of the development urged other provinces to follow the suit in the larger interest of the people.Known activist, Mehnaz Rehman said the law adopted by the provincial assembly was reflective of their desire to manifest devolution of power under 18th amendment in the constitution, has recognized entitlement of agriculture and fishing to all legal protection and benefits.SAFWU registered with the office of the Registrar Trade Unions, Karachi under the provisions of Sindh Industrial Relations Act, 2013, comprises 400 members, including 180 women.Labour Leader Zahoor Awan said Pakistan has ratified the ILO convention C-11, (Right of Association, Agriculture Convention) and also ILO core conventions including C-89 and 98 on the right to form unions and collectively bargain for their rights.”Yet, Sindh is the only province to turn this commitment into law, and this should be an example for other provinces,” said Zahoor Awan, General Secretary, Pakistan Workers Federation.Representative of the ILO…
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