Sindh Government recognises farmers as industrial workers
This was revealed in an awareness raising seminar on “Sindh Industrial Relations Act 2013” organized by National Trade Union Federation, Sindh Department of Labour, International Labour Organization (ILO), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and UN-Women in Dadu on Thursday. The seminar unfolded the salient features of the SIRA in an easy language for the peasants and harris who had come to attend the seminar from the various parts of Dadu districts.
Representatives of the worker and employer federations welcomed the legislation and offered their support in creating further awareness about the enacted law and promoting unionization and association in the pursuit of social justice. Mr. Nasir Mansoor, Chairman of National Trade Union Federation stressed the need for creating congenial and bilaterally beneficial relations among the harris and the landlords for increasing the productivity and thus the economy. Mr. Fasih-ul-Kareem Siddiqui, Secretary General Employers Federation of Pakistan informed that the EFP has already started the process of formation of ‘Agricultural Employer Associations’ under the SIRA-2013. He urged that the provincial government should replicate the process of forming employer associations in other districts of Sindh as well.
The SIRA awareness seminar was jointly arranged by the UN agencies in realization of the fact that despite the lapse of two years after enactment of SIRA, neither the government functionaries nor the harris and communities were aware of it.
This intervention was part of the One-UN Livelihood Restoration Project (LRP), which is funded by the United Nations Trust Fund on Human Security (UNTFHS) and is being implemented by ILO in close collaboration with FAO, UN-Women and the Sindh Government.