Pakistani gov't raises laborers' minimum wage in new policy

11:04, May 02, 2010      

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Addressing the media on account of the International Labor Day on Saturday, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani announced a minimum 7,000 rupees (about 83 U.S. dollars) salary for laborers and a policy aiming at transforming the lives of working class for a better future.

The new policy was approved by the federal cabinet on Saturday.

The policy hikes minimum wages of the laborers from existing 6, 000 rupees (about 71 dollars) per month to 7,000 rupees. Committees will be formed on both federal and provincial levels to implement labor laws.

Gilani said that the government was regularizing all contract employees, providing social security to retired registered workers and giving financial relief to sacked employees. This policy will come into effect from June 1, 2010.

The federal cabinet in its meeting also decided to bring to an end the practice of forced labor.

Laws and acts regarding labors rights' protections already exist in Pakistan but it has so far failed to translate good intentions of the authorities into reality.

Labors exploitations, bondage labor, forced labor and child labor are still in vogue in the country.

Meanwhile, countrywide demonstrations and seminars were held in Pakistan on the International Labor Day by the labor unions and civil society members to show solidarity with world labors and to commemorate this historical day.

Source: Xinhua


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