Labour welfare societies urge implementation of labour laws

September 8, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: On the occasion of second anniversary of Baldia Factory Fire Tragedy, representatives of labour welfare societies urged compensation to victim’s families and implementation of Factory Act 1934 in unregistered and laws offending factories at Karachi Press Club (KPC) on Tuesday in a joint press conference.

While addressing the press conference, executive director Pakistan Institute of Labour Education & Research (PILER) Karamat Ali said that the tragic incident of Baldia Factory occurred due to the negligence of civil departments and management of the factory. He said that the factory was not registered under Factory Act 1934 which ensure health, safety, preventive measures and several other special provisions to labours.

He further said that the relevant act is imposed to any workplace where more than eight employees work together; however, there are still many workplaces exempted to any law and regulation.

He said: PILER in coordination with other labour federations and welfare societies contacted German Retailer Company ‘KIK’ for compensation to victim’s families and in result of which the company had provided one million dollars initially as compensation.

“However, we are going to hold negotiations again with the company for long-term compensation to families,” he added. He further said that if the company failed to compensate on long-term basis, a case would be filed against it.

Meanwhile, Vice-chairperson HRCP (Sindh) Asad Iqbal said that it is the due role of civil department to ensure safety, fire preventive measures and proper inspection in factories for the welfare of labours and to prevent any disaster in near future.

“Unfortunately, our departments have remained hesitant to prevent such disaster by turning their eye off to the problems,” he added.

Later, Karamat Ali requested civil society members, journalists and students to participate in upcoming programs in memory of Baldia factory incident and said that through such programs a pressure would be built to German company for long-term compensation.

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