Home based workers call for amendment in social security laws

KARACHI: More than four million home-based workers are deprived of their basic rights to be provided by government as provided to regular factory employees through Employees Oldage Benefit Institution (EOBI) and Sindh Employees Social Security Institution (SESSI). This was stated by participants of a consultative meeting on rights of home-based workers, organised by Home Based Women Workers Federation at a local hotel. The participants include Sindh Labour Department Director Gulfam Nabi Memon, Director SESSI Contribution and Benefit Department, Samina Saeed, HBWWF General Secretary Zahra Khan, Pakistan Workers Confederation Vice President Rafiq Baloch, National Trade Union Federation Deputy General Secretary Nasir Mansoor, Home Based Women Bangle Workers Union General Secretary Jameela Abdul Latif and representatives of women home-based workers associations. The participants said a draft for national labour policy was pending with Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah to get his nod. They called for immediate approval of draft as it would pave way for legislation on the issue which would be helpful to provide facilities to home-based workers. Home-based women workers demanded that the Sindh government should chalk out laws and a work policy to improve the working conditions of home-based workers. The speakers said the International Labour Organisation (ILO) had asked its member states to rectify the Home Work Convention-177 so that the home-based workers could also enjoy the facilities like the workers of the organised labour sector. 

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