Magazine article Economic Review

Board of Directors Lacks Labour Representation

Magazine article Economic Review

Board of Directors Lacks Labour Representation

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Economic Review: How will you comment on Labour-Management relations in Pakistan Railway?

Manzoor Ahmed Razi: There is no liaison between the management and the workers. Quite recently a department has been established to manage industrial relations. In fact management undermines union and workers and bureaucracy controls the whole show. The total workforce of Pakistan Railways is about 1.5 million. But the representatives of workers are not taken into confidence in running the affairs. It is necessary to create a working understanding between the management and the workers to bring the railway out of deficit and as well as to maintain industrial peace.

ER: Why the Labour Policy is not being announced. Do you have any suggestions for the balanced Labour Policy?

MAR: The Labour Policy is being delayed because of industrialists who have the blessings of the government. They want to incorporate hire and fire right and other terms suiting their interests. The new Labour Policy should contain the solution of workers' grievances. Representatives of the workers should be nominated to the Board of Directors. The Labour Policy should guarantee job security, health facilities, education and accommodation for the workers. Unemployed persons should get allowance. Workers' seats in senate, National and provincial assemblies should be reserved. Workers should have the right to strike as envisaged in ILO Conventions.

ER: is there any news about Privatisation of Pakistan Railways? …

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