Home-based women workers await reorganization

January 20, 2015 Off By Web Desk

Karachi: The Sindh government should fulfill their l promise and recognize more than five million home-based women workers of the province and give them their due rights as per the constitution and labour laws, demanded a convention of Home-Based Women Workers Federation (HBWWF) Karachi Division chapter at Godhra Colony here on Wednesday.

A large number of women home-based workers attended the moot, presided over by HBWWF Central Secretary General Zehra Khan.

The labor leaders said that the national economy had been shifting from the formal to non-formal sector rapidly. As a result, more than 90 per cent of labour force was deprived of all those basic rights that should have been given to them as per the constitution of the country, labour laws and different international labour conventions and standards, he added.

Presently, there were more than 12 million home-based women workers in the country and about five million of them were working in different sectors across Sindh like glass bangle making, footwear, embroidery, traditional clothes making, textiles, garments, dairy farming and agriculture.

Zehra Khan said the inclusion of women workers, especially the home-based women workers, would revive the dying labour movement in Pakistan.

National Trade Union Federation Pakistan (NTUF) Deputy General Secretary Nasir Mansoor said the conditions of women workers in the country has not changed and they still go deprived of all basic facilities, despite they play a major role in economy.

Leader of Home Based Women Bangle Workers Union Jameela A Latif, Rafiq Baloch, Saira Feroz, Shakeela Khan and others also spoke.

The convention elected the new office-bearers of HBWWF Karachi Division chapter and it was decided that next month two unions of home-based women workers would start their registration process with the labor department.

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