JI condemns ban on trade unions
LAHORE: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Ameer Qazi Hussain Ahmad on Monday criticised the Industrial Relation Ordinance 2002 for banning trade unions and said that the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) will try to abolish anti-workers clauses from the ordinance.
Talking to a National Workers Federation delegation at Mansoora, Mr Ahmed said a ban on trade unions was a snub to workers’ rights. He demanded an amendment in the ordinance to improve the relationship between industrialists and workers. The JI ameer condemned the government for ratifying the World Trade Organisation (WTO) draft and said the implementation of the WTO would harm industry. The government should have taken the industrialists and workers into confidence before signing the WTO, he said.
Meanwhile, talking to All Pakistan Goods Transport Union and Minibus Association delegations, JI Punjab Ameer Liaqat Baloch condemned the government’s franchise transport policy.
The ban on minibuses in big cities has meant thousands of people have been laid off and if the government does not lift the ban, the MMA will support transporters protests, said Mr Baloch. He assured the transporters that their demands would be raised in the National Assembly and Punjab Assembly and a protest movement would follow if the government did not change its policy. staff report