Secretary General Woman Workers Union Shaheena Kausar has called upon the Punjab Government to accelerate the process to formulate a comprehensive policy for the betterment and uplift of working women in the province. Addressing a meeting of the Woman Working Union on Monday Shaheena Kausar said that according to the 18th amendment Labour is now a provincial subject and formulation of all policies and legislations related to the Labour and workers is the responsibility of the provinces so its a prime time for the Punjab government to finalize the policy for the working woman.
Shaheena said that WWU submitted recommendations for the proposed policy. She called upon the government to accelerate the pace of work to give a final shape to the policy and also ensure its effective implementation in the province. She demanded that provincial government to ensure that appointment letters should be issued to women workers which is essential under the labour laws and all working women’s should have issued the Social Security cards and provided with the medical facilities.
The General Secretary of WWU also demanded that all working women’s must provide with the Employee’s Old Age Benefit Institution (EOBI) cards. She said government should implement on the minimum wages law according to which minimum wage is 10,000 and salaries should be transferred in their bank accounts and government has to ensure that women workers are not supposed to work after 7:00pm and it should be strictly implemented.
She said transport facility should be given to the workers from industrial areas for their convenience, while women workers should appointed at each level in EOBI and Labour Department so that female workers can easily contact with them. She further demanded Equal representation should be given to the female workers in labour related committees.
She said women representation should be given as the same ratio as they are present in organisation according to the Federal Industrial Relations Act and Punjab Industrial Relations Act should also include in this Article. She called upon the government to implementation on the convention 177 by ILO and should accept the home based workers as worker.
She said that working women should have the right to form union from any sector. She said that Under the Punjab Industrial Relations Act 2000, it is illegal to form union where less than 50 employees are working; immediate abolishment of this is demanded and Conference should organise at provincial level with the representation of female workers.
She said working women from formal and informal sector should provide with the benefits by Worker Welfare Fund. She said that labour education should be started at government level and written material should also be provided on labour in Urdu language and any working women should again on work after 6 month even if her case is still in process. Legal aid should be provided to the female workers. Bhatta labour should be registered minimum wages should be implemented for Bhatta labour and provided them with the benefits of Workers Welfare Fund, Social Security and Pension Survey should be conducted and education should be provided to their children. Latest training centres should established for the children of industrial and labour workers in which free training will be provide to the working women.