Measures for child labour protection demanded

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) Exective Director Dr Karamat Ali has urged the government to take strict measures for the protection of child labourers across the country.

Talking to APP, Dr Karamat said that it was imperative that the government should strictly ban child labour at all forums in the country.

“The government should immediately determine the minimum wages for labourers to define terms of their employment and ratify the ILO Convention C-189 that talks about the labour rights welfare,” he added.

Karamat said that the government had the mandate to work for the welfare of low income industrial workers and child labour. He urged the government to align national labour laws with Pakistan’s international obligations on labour standards.

Labour rights activist Zehra Khan said that the basic rights should have been given to these workers as per the Constitution of the country and different international labour conventions and standards were being denied.

A senior official of Ministry of Overseas Pakistani and Human Resource Development said that the federal government was on one page with with the provincial governments to revive new industrial workers and employment laws which were on its top priority and legislative list.