29 May 2018 Ferado

Chief Commissioner ICT Chairs IESSI Meeting

Islamabad: Chief Commissioner Islamabad Aftab Akbar Durrani chaired 12th meeting of Governing Body of Islamabad Employees Social Security Institute (IESSI) here on Monday.

The meeting was attended by the officials of (IESSI) and representatives of labour and factory owners. The Chief Commissioner addressing the participants directed the officials to extend maximum best medical facilities to the workers and labourers by having on panel a state of art hospital in private sector where the workers patients could be referred for treatment.

The Governing Body also decided to constitute a sub-committee for looking into the possibility of utilizing the funds of the Institute in profitable schemes and using it for the welfare of workers.

The sub-committee would also look into depositing funds amounting to Rs 3 million in Khas Deposit Scheme. The Governing Body also decided to constitute a committee to evaluate the performance of contract employees and take necessary measures for their welfare and better service structure.

The Governing Body decided to hold fortnightly meeting of the Governing Body in order to speed up welfare of workers and labourers and uplift of the Islamabad Employees Social Security Institute.

29 May 2018 Ferado

Indonesian senators praise Qatar’s labour laws

Doha: Indonesian senators have appreciated Qatari government for introducing a new labour law to safeguard the migrant workers in Qatar in a meeting with Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs, H E Dr Issa bin Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi in Doha yesterday.

The Minister received the delegates of Indonesian senators and Indonesian Regional Representatives Council chaired by Abdul Aziz yesterday. They discussed bilateral relations between the two friendly countries and means of supporting as well as developing them in various fields, especially in the field of labour cooperation.

Aziz appreciated that the Qatari government has introduced a new labour law on the protection of migrant workers which ensures that rights of migrant workers are protected in Qatar.

Rafli Kande, an Acehnese senator who is also a prominent musician, expressed hopes that Qatar can give Indonesian workers priority to play an important role in the labor sector especially in preparation for Qatar 2022 World Cup.

The Indonesian delegates consist of senators from various provinces including Rosti Uli Purba (Riau Province) GKR Ayu Koes Indriyah (Jawa Tengah province), Dr Shri I Gusti Ngurah Arya Wedakarna (Bali), Habib Hamid Abdullah (South Kalimantan), H Rafli (Aceh), K H Muslihuddin Abdurrasyid, (East Kalimantan), Ir. H. ABD. Jabbar Toba (Southeast Sulawesi). Indonesian Ambassador to Qatar, Muhammad Basri Sidehabi was also attended the meetings.

In this regard, the Minister asked the Indonesian government to provide the data base of information on the availability of Indonesian workers. Ambassador Basri also proposed that MoU between Indonesia and Qatar introduced on 2008, will be adjusted in accordance with the new Qatari labour laws.

According to Boy Dharmawan, Minister Counselor of the Indonesian Embassy in Doha, the aim of the visit to Qatar is to supervise the implementation of the Indonesia Law No. 18 of 2017 with regards to labour protection.

In addition to meeting with the Qatar Minister, the senators will plan to meet the Advisory Council officials and other meetings with Indonesian diaspora communities in several cities, including AlKhor and Wakrah.

29 May 2018 Ferado

10 lakh bank employees to go on strike on 30-31st May

India: The strike proposed by United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), an umbrella body of nine union in the banking sector representing staff and officers would beginning at 6am on 30th May and will go on till 6am on 1 June 2018, demanding early revision of wages. The wage revision has been due since 1 November 2017. Previous talks on wage revision between UFBU and IBA held in Mumbai on 5 May 2018 had failed.

During the meeting on Monday, UFBU leaders conveyed their grievance that there is inordinate delay, an offer of 2% was not in good taste and the practice of wage negotiation for officers up to Scale VII, which has been the practice has to continue. The Chief Labour Commissioner (CLC) supported the issues and asked IBA to respond positively. The IBA representative said that they will consider revised offer but requested the UFBU to quantify the demand.

“UFBU stated that our Charter of Demands is clear. On Officers wage revision, IBA said six banks have given restricted mandate. IBA also talked about losses of the Banks. Quoting figures, UFBU leaders, however proved how operating profit of banks have doubled, staff expenses have reduced, and business have more than doubled. The CLC opined that bank officers and employees have to be paid for hard work and not based on profit. IBA, however, was not ready to come out with a new offer but assured to continue the negotiations. On officers’ scale, IBA was willing to discuss with banks but could not give any assurance. As there was no concrete proposal, UFBU which met immediately after announced that the strike will continue,” says DT Franco, General Secretary of All India Bank Officers’ Confederation (AIBOC) in a statement.

29 May 2018 Ferado

Over 90% construction work of labour complex completed

Islamabad: Workers Welfare Fund (WWF) has almost completed over 90 percent construction work on the Labour Complex, being built along Islamabad Expressway to provide accommodation to the registered industrial workers of the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

An official source told Labour News here on Tuesday at Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development , that the complex, being built on 1,476 kanals of land, is consisted of 500 houses and 1,008 flats.

He said the complex would be completed by end of December 2018 and handed over to the workers through the set criteria and policy of the department. He said around 65,000 workers of twin cities were already registered with Employees Old-Age Benefits Institution (EOBI) and these houses and flats would be handed over to them on merit.

WWF is an autonomous body working under administrative control of Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development and adding that this department is working for the welfare of industrial workers across the country.

He said the project would be completed at the cost of Rs 3,145 million and all basic needs would be available in this complex including shopping center, community center, schools, mosque and playgrounds.

12 Feb 2018 Ferado

Brick kiln workers demo for minimum wages

CHINIOT: : Brick kiln workers held a demonstration in front of the press club on to demand provision of minimum wages and social security. Labour leader of All Pakistan Federation of United Trade Unions(APFUTU) who led the protest, said there were 72 brick kilns in the district which employed about 400 workers.

“The labour department has fixed the minimum wage at Rs1,110 per 1,000 bricks but the Chiniot kilns are paying only Rs850, out of which they deduct Rs20 more,” he lamented.

The kiln owners were directed to make social security cards of at least five workers in each kiln but last year, they made the cards of their relatives, instead of original workers. When pointed out by the workers organisations, the owners cancelled all 175 cards of the workers but did not provide credentials of more workers to social security department for new cards.

On the other hand, District Education Authority chief executive officer Liaqat Ali Nasir said the education department had enrolled about 1,100 children of brick kiln workers in schools while 1,074 Khidmat cards were also issued to them.

Jamshed Cheema, president of Kiln Owners Association, said bricks sale rate was too low and they were unable to pay the fixed wages. However, they had increased the wages from Rs750 to Rs850 per 1,000 bricks.

Deputy Commissioner Ayub Khan Baloch said he had taken notice over the low wages and directed all the kilns to ensure payment of fixed wages to their workers or face music. He also added that Labour department had been directed to ensure payment of the fixed wages to the workers and making of social security cards for them.