The representative unions in textile and garments sectors across Pakistan have formed a grand federation named as Pakistan Textile Garments Leather Workers Federation (PTGLWF). The federation will initiate awareness raising campaign with informative materials and voice at global level.
This is the first concrete step towards an organised effort to resolve/ the issues such as social security, EOBI registration, discrimination in wage for women which at present stand about 35 per cent to 60 per cent lesser wages. The federation will also pay homage to over360 workers martyred in the tragic incident of arson occurred in Karachi five years back. Garment factory workers across Pakistan are still struggling for basic labor rights. The country stands at the fourth spot globally in regard with poor working conditions. Nearly all factories are barricaded behind high walls and private security guards. Workers’ rights violation assumes criminal proportions, and yet, workers have little recourse to justice.
The formation of PTGLWF was announced during a press conference held by prominent representatives and leaders and workers' union across Pakistan. Attendees also shared their views on various aspects of of trade unions in Pakistan and the overall situation of workers' rights in the country.