Second batch of awareness raising seminars conducted on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work for cotton growing communities in district Sanghar

Under the ILO-INDITEX PPP, a second batch of two community level awareness raising seminars seminars were conducted in district Sanghar benefiting 183 participants (cotton growing communities and local key stakeholders) to strengthen their understanding on the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (FPRW) and Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in the cotton supply chain.

Press release | Sanghar, Sindh Province, Pakistan | 25 November 2019
SANGHR (ILO News): The ILO project on “Promoting Fundamental Principles & Rights at Work (FPRW) in the Cotton Supply Chain”, funded by INDITEX, organized two awareness raising seminars on the FPRW on 20-21 November 2019 in District Sanghar, Sindh Province.

The participants (female 73 and male 110) representing cotton farm workers and their children from about 10 villages of District Sanghar, Labour & Human Resource Department- Government of Sindh, small farmers and their association, Employers’ Federation of Pakistan(EFP), Pakistan Workers’ Federation (PWF), local civil society were sensitized on FPRW. Mr Usman Aslam, Sustainability Manager, INDITEX, also attended both the seminars.

Mr Syed Farrukh Humayun Zaidi - Joint Director labour- Department of Labour Sindh, representatives of EFP and PWF, national resource persons and the ILO national experts interacted with the participants to raise awareness and improve understanding of the FPRW. These seminars were organized with the local support from Sindh Agricultural Forestry Workers & Coordinating Organization (SAFWCO).

To enhance inclusive and pro-active participation and with due respect to cultural sensitivity, the sessions for men and women were organized separately.

The participants were fully sensitized and informed about their constitutional and legislative rights on and remedies available within the national laws and relevant regulating institutions related to child labour, forced labour, discrimination, freedom of association, collective bargaining and occupational safety & health. Also, information about existing channels to secure legal, social and economic support were discussed. The participants were also briefed about the ILO, its mandate and tripartism.

The participants raised a number of social, economic and cultural challenges that they face. including bonded labor, child labor, child education, unemployment, low wages, holidays, overtime, termination, discrimination and poverty etc and discussed possible solutions. .

Additionally, DoL assured the participants its support for accessing the existing social protection floor.

At the end, the participants expressed their commitment to share the learning’s of this seminar with their family members, relatives and neighboring communities.