Lahore: Labour Party Demands 15000 Worker Minimum Pay & Leaders Release
Tuesday, March 1, 2011: Labour Party Pakistan has demanded immediate release of detained labour leaders in Faisalabad, besides calling for raising workers wage upto Rs 15,000.
Flanked by other party leaders, Farooq Tariq, central leader and spokesman of LPP, while addressing a press conference on Monday, condemned the dismissal of 600 workers from the PTCL in August 2011 after they had demanded 50 per cent increase in their wages. He condemned the anti-labor policy of the government, saying that, in 80 per cent of organizations working in the country, workers were not being paid a minimum of Rs 7,000 as monthly wages. He stated that, instead of eight hours, a labourer had to work for 12 hours, terming it a blatant violation of law. Demanding the immediate release of detained labourers in Faislabad, he said that, for last eight months, four labour leaders ñ including Fazal Elahi, Akber Kamboh, Babar Randhawa and Rana Riaz ñ had been in detention. He stated the only crime of the leaders was that they had stood up against the oppression of the government and demanded 17 per cent increase in the wages of power looms workers.