FAISALABAD. Balance between rights and duties is imperative for sustained economic development, said Chaudhary Talat Mahmood Senior Vice President Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FCCI).
He was addressing a workshop on “Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work for the ginning and spinning sector of the Pakistan”. This workshop was organized jointly by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Employers Federation of Pakistan (EFP). It was co-funded by the development cooperation instrument of the EU. He said that the speedy growth of Faisalabad is only due to the cordial working relationship between the employees and employers. He lamented that some time a few elements exploit the issue of forced and child labor which not only retard our overall production but also bring bad name to the Pakistan at the international level. He said that the corporate sector was fully aware of its Social Corporate Responsibility (CSR) and was also providing best possible facilities to their workers. He particularly mentioned the pandemic which created multiple problems for the industrial units but despite the lockdown, the factory owners continued to pay salaries to their workers. He said that we could further enhance our industrial production by promoting good relations between employees and employers.
The resource person Professor Nadeem Sohail gave detailed presentation on child and forced labor, discrimination and right to form unions of the workers. He said that child labor was a major cause of concern for Sialkot few years ago but ILO and other NGOs made concerted efforts to weed it out by promoting literacy and education among the women and children of school going age. He said that the textile industry made tremendous progress as raw material was available in abundance. He said that Pakistan had a record cotton yield of 14 million bales but it has now reduced to 5.6 million bales. He said that now Pakistan has to import cotton to meet its domestic needs. He said that the industrial sector is imperative to resolve the chronic issue of unemployment in addition to enhancing national exports. He quoted a textile mill of Burewala which was closed down due to the negative activities of the labor union, thus rendering ten thousand workers jobless. He also stressed the balance between rights and duties and said that we must focus on illiteracy to maintain a strategic balance between rights and duties for sustained economic growth.