Magazine article Economic Review

Ban on Railways Union Is against Human Rights

Magazine article Economic Review

Ban on Railways Union Is against Human Rights

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The Government has imposed ban on trade union activities in Pakistan Railways. The total strength of employees under the purview of ban is around 90,000. The ban had been imposed by caretaker government headed by Moeen Qureshi. Mr. Manzoor Ahmed Razi, Central President of Railway Workers Union has exclusively elaborated the situation in his recent interview with ER.

Economic Review: How will you comment on the ban imposed on union in Pakistan Railway?

Manzoor Ahmed Razi: The ban on trade union activities in Pakistan Railways has deprived more than 90,000 workers, from Karachi to Peshawar of their basic human and legal rights. According to various clauses of the Industrial Relations Ordinance, 1969, all such unions falling under the purview of the defence ministry can continue their activities without any restrictions. Workers unions in the PIA and Civil Aviation Authority also come under the essential services, but are free to exercise their legal rights.

The railway workers have mandatorily been exempted through a Railway Board's notification from non-applicability of the provisions of Industrial Relations Ordinance 1969 without seeking the approval of National Assembly. The contents of the said notification are also in contravention of the provisions of so many Articles of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Banning trade union activities is in utter disregard of the conventions of International Labour Organization which have been sincerely ratified by the Government of Pakistan.

There are so many other organizations being run directly under the Ministry of Defence but no such arbitrary, anti-workers scheme are cooked-up and unfolded illegally by the top managements detrimental to furtherance of smooth functioning and protection of democratic rights of the workers. …

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