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Govt, employers not respect laborer rights: activist

Govt, employers not respect laborer rights: activist

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May 01, 2017 - 21:56

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok):  The All Afghanistan Federation of Trade Unions (AAFTU) leader on Monday accused the government and private employers of violating workers’ rights.

AFFTU head Dr. Liaqat Adil told Pajhwok Afghan News in an exclusive interview on the occasion of the International Labor’s Day that the entire worldinfo-icon, including Afghanistaninfo-icon, celebrated May 1 as the International Workers' Day each year.

Adil congratulated the workers and laborers on the occasion and expressed solidarity with them. He dubbed the current situation of laborers in the country as worrisome, calling upon the government and employers to respect rights of the poor segment of societyinfo-icon. “We will allow no one to trample on laborers’ rights.”

According to him, poverty, joblessness, low salaries, discrimination, hard labor by children and womeninfo-icon, corruption, drugs, illiteracy, uncontrolled market prices, violation of laborers’ rights and lack of law enforcement are currently in full swing.

According to him, in compliance with the International Labour Organization (ILO)’s norms the government and employers should accept this large class of the society and give participation to workers’ defenders and associations in those meetings and decisions which are related to labor and workers.

“Laborers are those people who with their sweat and hard work bring comfort to the lives of others,” he said.  He said the AFFTU had taken part in many international worker-supporting campaigns and had also visited laborers at work places and heard their issues.

Adil said they used visit doctors, journalists, government and non-government officials, miners and daily wagers. He said they would let no one trample on the rights of the labor community.

He said with the arrival of repatriates the unemployment level had increased, asking the government to pay serious heed to this issue.

Adil said the government and private employers violated workers’ rights in many fields and warned of serious reaction if workers issues were not resolved. He criticized the government for not providing the AFFTU a chance of participation in national and international programs for laborers.

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