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imageLAHORE: Punjab Minister for Labour and Human Resources, Raja Ishfaq Sarwar said provincial government has decided to amend existing labour laws, besides new legislation to protect the rights of labour and workers.

Raja Ishfaq Sarwar was addressing a meeting of the officers of Punjab Labour Department, PESSI, Workers Welfare and other related departments.

He noted that compensation on the death of factory workers during work hours will be enhanced from Rs2 lakh to Rs5 lakh, adding that implementation on minimum wages (upto Rs10 thousand), announced by the government will be ensured. He said that every company and industrial unit will be bound to provide compulsory employment letter to the factory workers and labourers.

According to a hand out, Raja Ishfaq Sarwar said that labour ordinances 1934, 1969 and 1975 were being amended through Ordinance 2013 so that punishments and fines for CNG, petrol pumps and shop owners would be made more strict and industrial units be dealt with iron hands for not following labour laws.

He said that Labour Ordinance 2013 will soon be implemented after the approval by Punjab Assembly.

Labour minister also observed that Labour department has already started legislation for home-based workers with the help of consultants so as to ensure their security and welfare.

Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2013

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