PAKISTAN:LHWs stop work till job regularization

Monday 27 January 2014

Date: 17 January 2014

Type: News

Source: Labour Watch Pakistan

Keywords: Labor, unions

HYDERABAD, Jan 17: The All Pakistan Lady Health Workers Association (APLHWA) Hyderabad chapter has boycotted all works, including anti-polio campaign, until they were given offer letters for regularisation of their services.

Addressing a press conference held at the local press club here on Thursday, local chapter president Rukhsana Mughal and general secretary Raheela Shaikh said they had been working with the National Programme for Family Planning and Primary Healthcare, also known as the Lady Health Workers Programme (LHWP) launched in 1994, but they were not paid their monthly salaries regularly.

“We are not being paid salaries since September 2013 while the Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered on Feb 24, 2012, to regularise the jobs of LHWs, but the government has not implemented the order,” Raheela Shaikh said.

She appealed to the Sindh chief minister to regularise their jobs. She said the association had decided to boycott all works, including vaccination, anti-polio campaign, mother child week and other works, immediately unless they were regularised.

Rukhsana Mughal said government must ensure payment of four-month salaries, adding that an LHW was paid Rs1,000 for four-day anti-polio drive which must be raised to Rs4,000.

She announced that if the government did not accept their demands, they would stage a sit-in outside the Karachi Press Club, Chief Minister House and Sindh Secretariat on Jan 20.

She urged the federal government to reinstate 83 LHWs whose services had been terminated recently.###

Published by Daily Dawn on Jan 17, 2014

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