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Grand Rally in Hyderabad
Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC) organized a grand rally with the support of Actionaid and European Union to mark International Labor Day on 1st May 2014. The participants started long march from Tando Haider to Hyderabad press club they had play cards in their hands which inscribed with slogan of Social Justice, no to slavery and fixation of working hours. The rally was attended by trade hundreds of laborers, brick kiln workers, union activists, civil society members, , intellectuals, print and electronic media persons.
While addressing rally at the press club here on Thursday Mr. Zahid Ahmed Thebo said that more than 22 years have passed but no effective measures have been taken to implement Bonded Labour System Abolition Act 1992. The suffering of brick kiln workers cannot simply be alleviated unless political will is not displayed. Though SPARC has helped brick kiln workers in registration of more than 800 votes, providing 246 Social Security Cards, 2953 CNICs, 313 non formal education to their children, provided medical assistance to 1624 workers and freed 559 bonded brick kiln worker through 70 free legal Aid cases, yet it is insufficient and the government need to play its due role to uplift the condition of brick kiln workers and provide decent working conditions, he added. He demanded the government to issue notification of minimum wages and fix timing upto 8 hours a day and if a worker continues his work for more than 8 hours then they must be given over time.
Kashif Bajeer National Manager SPARC said that the registration of FIR under BLSAA 1992 in Multan is a clear sign that bonded labor exists in the country so there is need to establish a separate ministry for bonded Labour which implement labor related laws and Bonded Labour system Abolition Act 1992 with its rules of 1995. After the adoption of18th Amendment by the parliament, the situation has deteriorated further because “The implementation of Labour-related laws and policies is the job of the provinces and it no longer sees itself as responsible for safeguarding the interests of the laborers, he further said.
Punhoon Bheel, Vice President Sindh Batha Mazdoor Federation said that the Sindh Government is so miserable that it has not time to issue notification of minimum wages for brick kiln workers. He asked if the kiln workers are not contributing towards the progress and development of the country. Almost all 900 brick kilns in Sindh have been registered and some workers have received social security cards but the government has denied all basic facilities to brick kiln workers. He demanded to provide, health facilities, clean drinking, water, education, electricity and gas connection to brick kiln worker.
The participants of the rally demanded the followings.
- Separate Bonded Labour Ministry should be established.
- All the workers and laborers should register with Social Security and ensured of issuance of social security Cards.
- A separate fund should be allocation for the rehabilitation of laborers freed from bondage.
- BLSAA 1992 be adopted with amendments for its implementation
- Workers Welfare Fund should be allocated provincial wise.
- District Vigilance Committees should be reactivated throughout country.
Rally in Multan
SPARC Organized the Rally for Brick Kiln Workers to mark the International Labour Day and to highlight the issues of bounded labour, the benefits of Social Security Card & demand to raise their wages staged from Chowk Nawa Sher to Press Club Multan, with the support of Action aid through European Union on dated:30-April-2014. The Rally was started at 4:15 pm from Iqbal Park to Press Club, Mr, Hyacinth Peter, Naeem Ahmad and Saman Malik lead the Rally. The brick kiln labourers were chanting slogans for their rights and freedom from bonded labour. The Rally called for the implementation of Punjab Bonded Labour System Abolition Amended Act-2012 and other labour related laws in the country regarding labourers and like Punjab other provinces should also adopt the bonded labour system act 1992. Mr. Hyacinth Peter said that we pay the tribute and salute to martyr Labourers in Chicago for the struggle and scarifies for the labourers’ right. It needs to unite the entire labourer at one platform for their right.
He said that now days all the political parties are claiming themselves to be a representatives of the labou
rer but they did have any plan in the manifesto regarding eradication of bonded labour in Pakistan and implementation on the bonded labour abolition act 1992. They do not have any plan for the implementation of Minimum w
ages and did not gave tickets to the labourers so they may elect the representative so they voice may rise in the assemblies. No one have any idea for the decent work and implementation on the working hours. It seems that these parties do not have any orientation regarding bonded labour situation in Pakistan and the issues of bonded labourers or they do not have any concern regarding the stigma.
The bonded laborer of brick kiln industry are used to sell from one owner to another, their kidneys are sold for the recovery of their plight. If they are bought with Rs, 100000, then they will be sold to next owner with Rs. 150000. Their rights are confiscated by their owners. Their movement is banned or they cannot go to another owner unless they pay their Peshgi (Advances). The bonded laborer had been demanding to issue the social security cards and to stop the bonded Labour.
They had following demands:
- To implement the Punjab Bonded Labour System Abolition Amended Act 2012
- Like Punjab other provinces should also adopt the bonded Labour abolition act 1992
- To take serious steps to eradicate the bonded labor from country
- To make the rehabilitation centers for the freed bonded laborers
- To fix the working hours for the bonded laborers
- To pay the salaries on monthly bases
- To provide the social security cards
- To provide the sickness benefits
Press Media Briefing In Hyderabad
On Support Social Protection & Decent Work of Brick Kiln Worker & Bonded Laborers in Pakistan on the Occasion of International Labour Day.
More than 70 Media Persons attended the briefing on EC-BKW Project progress and achievement. The aim of the briefing was to aware the media about intervention in Brick Kiln sector with the support of Actionaid and European union and the change brought in the lives of brick kiln worker. Mr. Zahid Ahmed Thebo, Kashif Ba
jeer and Noor Muhammad Bajeer took briefing session. Mr. Zahid Ahmed Thebo informed the participants about the concept of Model Brick Kiln, services delive
red and legal rights achieved by workers through EC-BKW project. Through the support of Actionaid and European union SPARC was able to provide 246 Social Security Cards, 2953 CNICs, 313 non formal education to the children of brick kiln workers, provided medical assistance to 1624 workers and freed 559 bonded brick kiln worker through 70 free legal Aid cases, formed trade Unions and Brick Kiln workers federation in Sindh. Establishment of Police Anti Bonded Labour Cell in Hyderabad and Multan and Human Rights Cell is also a great achievement and a step forward to the realization of Labour right at broader level.
Mr. Kashif Bajeer shared that the provincial government hasn’t so far implemented the Supreme Court’s judgment on providing social protection to brick kiln workers and bonded laborers. He told that SPARC has prepared an amended draft on BLSAA 1992 which will be present at Provincial Policy Seminar to be held in Karachi in the month of May 2014.
Result of Activity
The Rallies in Hyderabad and Multan received great coverage in print and electronic media. The News Channels like Ab Tak, Express News, Sindh Tv, KTN, Aaj TV provided live coverage to the rally in Hyderabad & Waseb provided coverage in Multan.
A Tribute to Later Director SESSI, Azhar Hussain
the Seminar and asked the participants to express their views on the genuine issue of social security Card. Social Security card is basic right of brick kiln workers which was denied to them for years but due the advocacy,
mobilization, motivation and established close liaison with Labour department and social security institution, for the first time in the history of Pakistan the Brick Kiln workers have been provided with social security cards, said Zahid Ahmed Thebo, Provincial Manager SPARC while addressing seminar in a local hotel on motivate Brick kiln owners for providing social security cards to brick kiln workers. Tribute is being given to director Sindh Employees Social Security Institution through this program for his extra ordinary and tireless efforts for the realization of labour rights.
More than 300 brick kiln workers, brick kiln owners, officials from Labour department, SESSI, Police Anti Bonded Labour Cell, Human Rights Cell, Civil Society activist, intellectuals, journalists and advocated participated in the seminar.
A tribute was given to ex Director SESSI, late Azhar Husssain, and candles were lit and flowers were placed before his picture by all the participants of the seminar. They also prayed to rest his soul in peace.
In the seminar, shields and certificates were awarded to all those personalities who worked for the rights of laborers especially had contributed for social security cards. Those who received shields are, Shakeel-ul Zaman Commissioner SESSI, Ghulam Server Uttero Deputy Director Labour, Shafique Ahmed and Ashraf Sahito Deputy Directors SESSI, Fouzia Ashraf Manager Shaheed Benazir Bhutto center for women Crises Center, Shahina Ramzan Presidnet Bhandhar Sangat and SPARC’s Kashir Bajeer and Zahid Thebo.
16 labourers of three brick kilns were given social security cards on the occasion which offer a range of advantages. These include death grant of Rs150,000 to Rs500,000, marriage grant of Rs100,000 to Rs200,000, burial grant, financial and medical support for pregnant andinjured workers and pension of up to 75 per cent of the wages to the handicapped. The cards will allow the workers’ children to get educated at the Sindh Employees Social Security Institution (Sessi) model schools and widowed women will receive up to 130 days of wages.
Speaking in the seminar, the labour department’s deputy director, Ghulam Sarwar Uttero, informed that they have registered around 1,000 kilns in the province and the process began after the SC order in 2011. However, the kilns that work temporarily at a particular location for six to eight months have yet to be registered, he added. The kiln workers claimed that there are actually between 2,000 to 3,000 kilns in the province, with a majority of them in Hyderabad and Larkana districts.
Meanwhile, Uttero said the Sindh government is also increasing the rate per 1,000 piece of bricks for the labours to Rs740. The last increment was given in 2008 when Rs350 per 1,000 pieces was fixed. The notification, he added, is likely to be issued by end of March or early April. In Punjab, however, the labours are given over Rs1,200 per 1,000 bricks.
The Sessi deputy director, Ashraf Sehto, revealed that only three kilns have started the contribution of six per cent wage so far. Even among them, only a small number of workers have been given the social security card. “The government’s policy is to persuade the kiln owners to contribute to the fund without resorting to punitive action.”
The law allows the officials to file a complaint in the social security court and to confiscate on the court order the movable property of an employer if they do not contribute for the fund. According to Sehto, some 318 kilns have registered with them but only three of them are paying for the fund.
Punhoon Parehar, who owns two of the kilns whose labours received the cards, said the kiln owners are averse to the idea of giving labour rights to their workforce. “They have become used to exploiting cheap labour.”
Taj Marri, a peasant leader, blamed the provincial government for failing to provide labour status and rights to kiln and agricultural workers. According to him, the kiln sector was given the status of industry in the 1980s but it took the government over three decades to register the kiln workers.
Trade Union Activist, Punhoon Bheel said that they are thankful to SPARC for their tremendous support that today the brick kiln worker are receiving social security cards. He hoped that more social security cards will be prepared and this process will be increased in the days to come. He praised ex director SESSI, Late Azahar Hussain for his unforgettable efforts for brick kiln workers.
Society for the protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC) in collaboration with Action Aid Pakistan (AAPK) and European Union, is implementing a project ”Support, Social protection and Decent work of Brick kiln workers and bonded labourers in Pakistan” in Hyderabad and Multan. SPARC intends to hire a consultant/ consulting firm to develop training manual, education tool kit, provide training material, travelling to the participants and conduct Orientation & Non Formal Teachers Inception Training at Tando Haider Hyderabad. The Qualified and experienced candidates/ firms with relevant experience can send expression of interest along with their CVs/ Profile to email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, latest by 14th of March 2014
National Policy Seminar on Amendments, Adoption and Implementation of Bonded Labor System Abolition Act 1992
As part of SPARC’s celebrating the UCD, it held a major Conference on the issue of bonded labor in Karachi on Nov 20.
Members of the Sindh Assembly, government functionaries, civil society organizations, lawyers, stakeholders of bonded labour, children from various schools and media professionals attended the full-day Conference in a large number.
Sindh Law Minister, Secretary Labor Balochistan, Members of Sindh Assembly Irum Azeem Farouqi, Sharmila Farooqui, and Dr Seema Zia, SPARC Board member Anees Jillani, advocate M Ali Shah, Chairman Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum, Civil Society activist Noor Mohammad Bajeer, Adam Malik and Iqbal Detho of SCUS, Zulfiqar Shah of Piler, Shahjahan Baloch of Actionaid, Kashif Bajeer of SPARC, Lawyer Barrister Zamir Ghumro, M Farooq, General Secretary Sindh Bricklin Owners Association, Saboor Ghayoor, head of Centre for Labour Advocacy, Civil society activist Adam Malik spoke at the Conference.
Various issues relating to bonded labor in various sectors, including agriculture, fisheries, bricklin sector and weaving industries, were discussed and many recommendations were made, including the following:
- The Bonded Labor System (Abolition) Act 1992 needs to be updated and fully implemented.
- National Policy & Plan of Action should be adopted as Provincial Plan of Action.
- Provincial Steering Committees should be formed on bonded labor to oversee implementation of law and policy.
- Registration of bricklin should be made mandatory.
- Issuance of social security cards should be made mandatory for all bonded laborers.
- Labor laws should be extended to the agricultural sector, including right to association.
- A high level provincial commission should be formed in Sindh and Punjab for undertaking a plan for structural changes, particularly land reforms.
- Bonded labor fund proceeds should be urgently disbursed.
- Notification of minimum wages should be issued immediately and implemented in totality.
- Sindh Bonded Labour Department should be restored, which existed prior to the 2013 Elections.
The Brick kiln worker will vote to a candidate who solves the issues labors. Announced Brick kiln Labourers.
Tando Haider: Hyderabad 08 May 2013. The wages of laborer will be double after coming into power and all Labour related laws will be implemented without any discrimination said Makhdoom Shuhabuddin Shah Hussaini, nominated PS -50 candidate, Pakistan Muslim League Functional, at the seminar in Tando Haider on the topic of Political Parties manifesto and Labour Rights. The Manifesto Mr. PML (F) is clear about the rights of laborers and said that we envisage free education up to 12th class, free medical treatment and provide basic facilities. He said that they are not imported and appear after 5 years after winning the election but they are indigenous and belong to the area, they are well aware of the issue and problems of the area than any person else. Their party rejects dual local body system and that Pakistan is united if the province is united, he further said.
Thousands of labourers, peasants, brick kiln workers, brick kiln owners, civil society and political leaders participated in this seminar. Punhal Parhiyar, Weero Kolhan, Dr. Haider, Muhammad Hanif Siddiqui (PML-N), independent Candidate for NA 221 Makhdoom Khuram, Dr. Rajab Memon of STPP, Inayatullah Thebo SUP, mahjabeen Mirani PML-(Functional), Dr. Arbia Noor and other also spoke at Seminar.
Makhdoom Khuram, an independent candidate for PS-50 said that Tando Haider is in the clutches of many problems but no one seems serious of resolving he issues. He admitted his mistake to have withdrawn his candidature in favor of a person who never visited this area after winning the election. This is the reason that he is contesting election indecently to solve issue of laborers.
Dr, Rajab Memon, an independent Candidate for NA-221 said that workers are the back bone of country, to deny them their due rights is to backward this country. So far no government has taken serious efforts to solve issues of laborer and he will strive hard to provide as maximum relief to workers as possible.
Weero Kolhi, an independent candidate of PS-50 said that she is a freed bonded laborer and she knew the atrocities, problems and ground realities. She has always worked with laborers, provided freedom to many laborers and will always serve for peasant and laborer even if not elected. She pledged to provide education to children of laborers free of cost, increase in wages, provide basic facilities, and abolition of tool tax.
Earlier Zahid Ahmed Thebo briefed the aims and objectives of the seminar and said that the seminar is not arranged to support any single Political party or candidate but to provide platform to the political parties to present their manifesto on Labour rights so that the laborers especially brick kiln workers may be in better position to decide whom to vote. He emphasized that the rights of laborers must be accepted and political parties must include Labour rights and their implementation in their manifestos. The political parties present in the seminar make commitment to implement Labour related law and bring about necessary amendment in the laws wherever necessary.
Innayatullah Thebo of Sindh Taraqi Passand Party said that the laborer do earn so much to feed their children. The entire families work at brick kiln at very low wages but he will work for the promotion and protection of the rights of laborers and endeavor to increase wages. He said that the indigenous people are barred from any progress, the natural resources are being confiscated, the nation is being divided into defection section but we must be united for our rights.
Punhoon Bheel, the president of all Sindh Mahinat Kash Batha Mazdoor Trade Union said that the political parties do not include Labour rights in their manifesto it is the reason that there is no political will and no law regarding Labour rights is implemented. He said that the Brick kiln worker and Tando Haider Trade union will vote to that candidate who will solve the issues and problems of laborers. He further stressed that now they are aware and more united and will use vote as a power to solve their issues. He demanded of the government to increase wages up to 700 for 1000 bricks, provide free education to the children of laborers and establish dispensary unit at Brick kilns.
Seminar to Motivate Brick Kiln Owners to Provide Social Security Card
Hyderabad: 25 March 2013: With welcome remarks, Mr. Zahid Ahmed Thebo briefly introduced the aims and objectives of the Seminar and asked the participants to express their views on the genuine issue of social security Card. He termed social security card as the solution of many problems faced by brick kiln workers. He urged the Brick kiln owner and play their role according to law and provide social security cards to their workers. The Seminar was organized by SPARC with support of Actionaid and European Union at Hotel Indus Hyderabad.
Mr. Azhar Hussain, Director Social Security said that Social security Department is a semi Government institution which thrives on the contribution that it receives. He told in detail the process of acquiring social security card, its benefits and legal obligation on the owners to pay contribution for social security cards. He told that the funds (contribution) are used for health and other benefit. He further informed that the brick kilns are now registered with social security after the Suo Moto notice of Supreme Court of Pakistan. So there is no reason that brick kiln owners avoid to pay contribution for social security cards.
Dr Ashothama from HRCP congratulated to SPARC team and all participants, he said worker are beauty of this country/society, this type of advocacy is much important for our labors. I feel one thing, we can use this type of information in local language, generally all things still not change due to ignorance of state,
Mr Mehboob Abro, social activist and political leader, said that SPARC is playing great role for change in society, its role for all workers is unforgettable and proud able, we have to give Importance on Education and to select right political person, by your vote for the implementation of Labour related laws.
Sarwar Utero: Deputy director Labor department informed that their department has registered 6 trade unions and that they have moved application of Tando Haider Trade Union application for minimum wages with the strong recommendation to issue notification of Rs. 666 for 1000 bricks. He also shared that soon the Trade union of tando Haider will be given CBA Certificate. He announced told about the benefits of registration with labour Department and Workers Welfare Fund.
Punhal Parhiyar the brick kiln owner of Al Mustafa Bricks Company announced that he will fill Social security card forms of 10 brick kiln workers immediately and will pay their contribution to the SESSI Department regularly. He said that he will have to face many difficulties from other Brick kiln Owners but he is convinced that it is due right of worker and it is in their own benefit to provide social security card to the workers as many of the workers will be given health care without any cost or fee, this way there will get rid of loans and advances.
The Hall filled with the sound of applause and chanting in favour of Punhal Parhiyar. Mr. Zahid Ahmed Thebo welcomed the announcement made by Punhal Parhiyar and said that it is historic decision and success of Brick Kiln workers of Tando Haider. He hoped that other Brick Kiln owners will also follow Mr. Parhiyar and provide social security cards to their workers.
SPARC Organized a Provincial Policy Seminar on the issue of Bonded Labour in Lahore in which more than 100 people participated including Members of Civil Society, government officials, politicians and Trade union activists participated in the program. Binyameen Country Director ILO, I.A Rehman from HRCP, Saeed Awan from NCIWE, Justice Retired Muneer delivered their speeches on the issues of bonded labour and its related laws. The speakers demanded to constitute National and Provincial Commissions on Bonded Labour should be made to monitor the progress on eradicating bonded labour.
The activists from the civil society discussed the issue of bonded labor in perspective of 18th constitutional amendment, its gaps and gave suggestion for its implementation. They further express concern over no implementation the Bonded Labour System Abolition (Amended) Act 1992 and said that District Vigilance Committees (DVCs) have been established in some districts in the Punjab but these committees are inactive and unaware of their responsibilities.
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) MPA Sajida Mir promised to move a bill of motion on issues faced by brick kiln workers, including the non-implementation of the minimum wage of Rs665.70 per 1,000 bricks, the non-issuance of social security cards and inactive DVCs in the province. She further said Article 3 and 25-A of the Constitution ensures free and compulsory education for the children till the age of 16 and If the government implements these regulations, bonded labor will end.
Justice (Retd) Munir Ahmad said a computerized database of bonded laborers should be prepared in the province. He said the social audit of production units should be compulsory. He said judicial magistrates should be empowered and trained to implement this law.
ILO Country Director Binyameen termed it necessary to share best practices with each other. He appreciated the provincial government for establishing literacy centers at model Brick kilns. Qaiser Khan from Actionaid, said that 74 per cent of the work force was employed in the informal sector. He said all stakeholders should be consulted before moving any legislation.
Human Rights Commission for Pakistan (HRCP) general secretary I.A Rehman said about 20 years have passed since the government passed the Bonded Labour Abolition Act-1992 but there had been no concrete progress. There is a need to review our strategies to implement the law.
Suggestion and Recommendations of the participants
1. BLSAA 1992 is Lengthy law which should be amended for implementation.
2. Bonded Labor and BLSAA portray the Mind set of landlords
3. There is complete lake of political will to implement BLSAA 1992.
4. Awareness of Judiciary and Bar should be increased.
5. There are multiple Roles of Departments which should be reexamined.
6. Inactivation of DVC.
7. Rehabilitation (BL-Fund)
8. Survey of Bonded Labor from Govt.
9. Social Security Card to the workers.
10. Government Mechanism (Police Anti Bonded Labor Cell)
11. Role of DVC should be defined.
12. Ensure Education Literacy to Brick Kiln Workers and Others Laborers
13. State should feel its Responsibility to implement the law.
14. Unfair Distribution of Funds therefore the funds be allocated province wise.
15. Bill was not Discussed in Parliament
16. Female Labor Inspector should be appointed
17. Fair Survey of labor throughout the country.
18. Sector should be identified where Bonded Labor exists.
19. Sector wise computerized data of all workers
20. Judicial Magistrate should be empowered to take action against BLSAA violators.
21. National Commission on Bonded Labor
22. 320 Million Punjab Government for districts
23. De/Re Activation of DVC at District Level.
24. Boned Labor Fund should be reallocated province wise
25. Integrated approach should be adopted
26. Field experts view should be incorporated during legislation making.
Success of the Policy Seminar
MPA Sajida Mir promised to move a bill of motion on issues faced by Brick Kiln workers, including the non-implementation of the minimum wage of Rs665.70 per 1,000 bricks, the non-issuance of social security cards and inactive DVCs in the province. She further said that Article 3 and 25-A of the Constitution ensures free and compulsory education for the children till the age of 16 and If the government implements these regulations, bonded labor will end.
A Grand Rally was organized was organized on 10 of December 2012 by SPARC with the support of ActionAid and European Union to mark international Human Rights Day in connection with International Anti-Slavery Day in which hundreds of freed bonded laborers, workers, peasants, civil society Activists, members of bar association, politicians and intellectuals participated. The participants carrying hand bills of freedom from bondage, implementation of bonded labor system abolition act 1992, minimum wages and other labor right slogans.
Addressing the Rally the Civil society Activists urged the government to establish a separate ministry for the abolition of bonded labor, provide social security cards to all laborers, particularly over 200,000 laborers working in brick kiln sector and create a fund to rehabilitate over 5,700 liberated laborers and peasants in Sindh. They demanded from the government to establish school for 5000 children in 150 Brick Kilns at Tando Haider.
An entire family working in a brick kiln was paid only Rs280 for making 1,000 bricks a day, they said, adding the Sindh minimum wage board should fix at least Rs1,000 wages for preparing 1,000 bricks. They urged print and electronic media to visit brick kilns and show real face of poverty to the government. SPARC had set up 10 model brick kilns in Tando Haider equipped with lavatories and the government should follow its model in other brick kilns to save laborers from slavery, they said.
Addressing the Rally Kashif Bajeer National Manager SPARC said that Social security card is the constitutional Right of every Laborer but none of 0.2 Million brick kiln workers have been given social security card. He expressed his deep concern over no initiatives by the government for the solution of problems faced by laborers, whereas the Legal Aid Service Unit established in Sindh to address the issues and grievances has been closed.
While addressing the rally Punhal Sariyo demanded of the government of Sindh to amend, adopt and implement bonded labor system abolition act 1992 with letter and spirit to curb injustice done to laborers in the province. He pointed out that today common laborers get 1000 per day whereas the entire family working on the brick kiln gets just 380 for thousand brick per day. He demanded that Sindh minimum wage board should issue notice for brick worker and 1000 be fixed for one thousand bricks.
Addressing the Rally the Regional Head of SPO, Ghulam Mustafa Balouch said that laws are clear that any establishment having more than 5 employees will be registered with social security department whereas there are more than 150 workers at each and every brick kiln, no one is ready to raise voice for their rights. He asked the print and electronic media journalist to play their role and visit the brick sector, see their plight with the eye of camera, show the government the real face of poverty.
Speaking at the rally Mr. Mehboob Abro Ex-Nazim Qasimabad and the representative of Pakistan People’s Party said that the increase in bonded labor in our society is because of poverty, hunger and unemployment. The laborers are unable to pay their debt and are paying their loan back since their forefather. Today bonded laborers are being freed through courts but government has no plan for their rehabilitation or any other help.
Hundreds of workers, freed bonded laborers, civil society activists and politicians participated and raised the voice for labor rights, implementation of labor laws and demanded social security card for kiln workers. The Rally got plenty of news coverage and more than 16 newspapers including Dawn, Express Tribune, Business Recorder, Lahore Times, Kawish, Ibrat, Jang and others. All the regional TV channels prepared news stories and on aired in their local bulletin. ARY News and SAMA news covered the rally specially, prepared news stories and aired in their national bulletin.
Through the grand rally the issue of bonded laborers, brick kiln workers, social security card, and implementation of labor related laws were highlighted effectively.