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ABOUT PWF

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Determined to work together to promote and protect their rights by creating “Pakistan Workers Federation” initially through merger of three national centers of Pakistan, namely: All Pakistan Federation of Trade Unions (APFTU), All Pakistan Federation of Labour (APFOL) and Pakistan National Federation of Trade Unions (PNFTU).

These Federations would stand dissolved and cease to exist from the date when National Executive Board of the newly formed Pakistan Workers Federation would be established. As a second step, work for the eventual one united voice of working men and women of Pakistan by seeking the merger of other non affiliated unions and federations with the PWF.
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Aims & Objectives
The aims and objects of the Pakistan Workers Federation shall be:

(a) to establish, maintain and develop a powerful and effective national organization consisting of free and democratic trade unions, independent of any external domination and pledged to the task of promoting the interests of working people throughout Pakistan and enhancing the dignity of labour;

(b)
to co-ordinate, direct and guide the activities of regional federations, the affiliated industry-wise unions and their industrial federations, in all matters directly or indirectly affecting the workers;

(c)
to preserve, secure, maintain and seek universal recognition for the workers of Pakistan:

i) freedom of association;
ii) freedom of assembly;
iii) freedom of speech;
iv) freedom of press;
v) right of collective bargaining;
vi) right of strike or withdrawal of labour;
vii) right to decent work, human dignity and social security; and
viii) equal rights and privileges in employment, irrespective of race, colour, creed and sex;
   
 
(d) to undertake and coordinate the defense of the free trade unions against any campaign aiming at their destruction or at the restriction of their rights or at the infiltration and subjugation of labour organization by totalitarian or other anti-labour forces;

(e)
to strive for the establishment of full employment; the elimination of discrimination on grounds of race, colour, sex, nationality or creed; the improvement of working conditions; health and safety standards for workers; the introduction, maintenance and extension of social security for all; and raising standards of living of peoples of Pakistan;

(f)
to represent the free trade union movement in all regional and international forums which exist or may be set up to perform functions affecting the social and economic conditions of working peoples and to further the implementation of their decisions whenever desirable;

(g)
to ensure the integration of women in trade union organizations and actively promote gender equality in activities and decision-making at all levels;

(h)
to strive for elimination of child labour and all forms of forced/ bonded labour;

(i)
to endeavor to strengthen international solidarity amongst the working men and women of the world and in particular to actively co-operate with the workers of other countries to defend and promote fundamental and democratic rights of workers and other common interests and to support and co-operate with national, regional and international organizations of workers in their struggle against all forms and kinds of exploitation and oppression and to create solidarity among national, regional and international level workers’ organizations;


(j)
to defend and promote at the national, regional and international level the economic, social and occupational interests of all workers;

(k)
to promote peace and security at the national, regional and international level for the human welfare, particularly for the working men and women;

(l)
to seek universal recognition and enforcement of the trade union rights including the rights of freedom of association and to bargain collectively;

(m)
to represent Pakistani workers at national, regional and international forums;

(n)
to furnish to all its affiliated units and the constituent regional federations information on the economy, employment, labour legislations, wages and working conditions at workplaces in different parts of the country, as well as at the regional and global level;

(o)
to endeavor to secure improved and better relationship between employers and workers;

(p)
to promote and protect the interest of the affiliated units and endeavor to secure legislative support for furthering the interests of the workers;

(q)
to work for abolition of contract labour in all its forms;

(r) to help and guide the working men and women particularly the rural peasants to organize themselves into trade unions and rural workers organisations for promotion and protection of their rights, and also work for the introduction of land reforms as well as abolition of feudalism;


(s)
to encourage and promote cooperatives and socio-economic projects and services for the benefit of its affiliates and their members;

(t)
to promote literacy and skills amongst the workers through:
i. adult education; and
ii. universal and free secondary education, vocational training and technical education;

(u)
to work for rapid industrialization of the country;

(v)
to seek for a social and policy dialogue to reflect trade union perspective in the formulation of socio-economic policies and plans of the government in order to ensure sustainable and equitable development;

(w)
to encourage, promote and provide trade union education for awareness raising amongst the workers, organizing the unorganized and development of the affiliated unions/federations;

(x)
to seek ratification and enforcement of all ILO Conventions especially the Core Labour Standards;

(y)
to endeavor to have 40 hour week norm for workers without reduction in wages;

(z)
to promote, protect and defend all human rights and to establish and promote cooperation with like minded organizations of civil society for protection and advancement of all basic rights; and
(aa) to endeavor for the establishment of rule of law, independence of judiciary and good governance.
   
 
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