By Abdul Rafay Siddiqui
KARACHI: Former Chairman of the Senate and a veteran politician Senator Mian Raza Rabbani has said that the federal government’s decision to impose essential service law on PIA and banning trade unions was ultra-constitutional act and tantamount to violate fundamental rights granted by the Constitution and committed under the UN declarations. “This is simply unacceptable and must be withdrawn immediately,” he added.
In a statement released here yesterday Senator Ranbani said that such anti labour declaration by the the PTI government, just a day before the Labour Day has pushed Pakistan’s working class further in dark ages. “This act of government is to further the agenda of the crony capitalism,” he added.
Raza Rabbani’s statement was endorsed by civil society organizations and trade union leaders including Karamat Ali, Secretary of National Labour Council and Executive Director of PILER, Asad Iqbal But of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Mehnaz Rehaman of Joint Action Committee, Anis Haroon of Women Action Forum, Sheema Kermani of Tehreek i Niswan, Liaquat Sahi of Democratic Workers Federations of State Bank, Habib u Din Juniadi of Peoples Labour Bureau, Nasir Mansoor of National Trade Union Federation, Farhat Parveen of NOW Communities, Muhammad Ali Shah of Pakistan Fisher Folk Forum, Punhal Saryo of Sindhi Hari Porhyat Council and others.
The statement said that dignity of labour is being violated in national courier PIA because it is a fundamental right of the workers to unionise for collective bargaining, which is being suppressed through these acts like imposition of Essential Services laws.
On the eve of May Day the federal government gifted the working class of PIA with draconian law, when without any necessity it imposed the Essential Services Act. Trade union activity of the Collective Bargaining Agent (CBA) in PIA has been suspended and through a letter the management has unrecognised all the sssociations including PALPA and, all Working Agreements have been terminated.