Provincial Dialogue on Occupational Health & Safety

Imran Zakir

KARACHI: Secretary Labour Sindh Government Laiq Ahmed has said that key issues and concerns of sanitary workers have to be resolved to address their grievances on priority basis in provincial dialogue on “Health, Safety and Job Security of Sanitary Workers in Sindh” held at local hotel, Thursday.

Addressing as the keynote speaker he said that sanitary workers have to be taken in the mainstream line force who played a key role in recent rains Sindh. He thanked SHRC for organising the most ignorant subject for policy development of sanitary workers.

Earlier, Justice (Retd) Majida Rizvi, Chairperson Sindh Human Rights Commission delivered her inaugural remarks and Ms Zenia Shaukat gave the brief explanation of the ongoing Provincial Dialogue.
Sindh Solid Waste Management Board (SSWB) Head Zubair Channa said that sanitary workers’ immediate grievances should be resolved and SSWB increased their wages and provide them food to give them comfort breathing during work. We are facing a lot of allegations on Social Media despite our untiring efforts. He also stressed on the need of technological advancement in this field.

The Sindh Human Rights Commission organised a one day consultation with key stakeholders including legislators, human and labour rights experts and relevant government officials.
The aim of the consultation dialogue is to identify gaps in the legislation covering the labour rights of sanitation workers including occupation health and safety standards and build consensus to gear efforts towards driving legislative interventions for the inclusion of sanitation workers in labour laws.

Zulfiqar Ali Shah Chairperson Municipal Workers Federation, Pirbhu Satyani of ISDN, Anis Haroon Member National Commission for Human Rights Sindh, Razi Mujtaba Haider from International Labour Organization (ILO), Ashraf Naqvi Former OSH Director Sindh also addressed on the occasion.