HYDERABAD, Nov. 10 (Pakistan Point News - APP - 10th Nov, 2016 ) : The speakers at a rally of workers and peasants demanded Sindh government of implementing Sindh Industrial Relation Act 2013 in letter and spirit and ensure the provision of all legal and constitutional rights to industrial and agriculture workers. The rally of workers and peasants was taken out jointly by National Trade Union Federation (NTUF) and Sindh Agriculture General Workers Union from Haider Chowk on Thursday which concluded in front of Hyderabad Press Club after marching different routes.
The deputy general secretary National Trade Unions Federation Nasir Mansoor and vice president Sindh Agriculture General Workers Union Sabhagi Bheel who jointly led the rally said that the Act that guaranteed the social security, pension and other grants, schemes, formation of unions and status of collective bargain agents was passed by Sindh Assembly in 2013 but despite passage of three years, no step has yet been taken for the betterment of millions of workers and peasants of Sindh by the provincial government, labour departments and other concerned.
They said that though a labour leader has been appointed as provincial labour minister but no concrete measures for implementation on SIRA 2013 has been witnessed by the workers and peasants of the province and they have been left on the disposal of landlords, industrialists, pirs and religious leaders. They said that the agriculture of the province was moving towards rapid destruction and the peasants were passing miserable life as a result of the inhuman tactics of market mafia, middlemen and traders.
The growers of different districts of Sindh including Thatta, Badin, Tando Muhammad Khan, Mirpurkhas, Nawabshah, Matiari, Dadu and Larkana were compelled to sale their produces on less rate, they informed. They demanded the implementation of Sindh Industrial Relation Act 2013 with immediate effect with provision of all rights to peasants and workers, setting up the peasants courts at the pattern of labour courts, strict action against the sale of fictitious seed, fertilizers and pesticides.
They also demanded the fixation of procurement price of rice as Rs. 1200/- per 40 kg and cotton as Rs. 4000/- per 40 kg. They also demanded of holding a conference for fixation of prices of agriculture produces in consultation with growers representatives and special subsidy on electricity, gas, fertilizers and pesticides. They also demanded the protection of labour rights and strict action against injustices on the basis of religion as well as forced conversion and kidnapping of girls of minority community. Among others, Mushtaq Ali shan, Lal Bakhsh Lalan, Zehra Khan, Shakila Khan, Durgiyo Bheel, Fatima Leghari, Badal Sudheer, Gulam Mustafa Mallah, Ghulam Rasool Jalalani, Muhammad Hussain Sario, Pathan Ali Khokhar, Mazhar Ghangro and Muhammad Bakhsh Talpur also addressed the participants of the rally.