Role of worker unions

KARACHI: Senate chairman Mian Raza Rabbani in one of his recent addresses emphasised the importance of the workers’ movement in reviving and restoring the rule of law in a country. Lately, in Pakistan, however, the role of the workers’ movements or workers’ bodies has been limited to only seeking rights of their fellow workers or in the case of state-owned enterprises the motives are mostly politically driven and are not entirely for the betterment of the workers or society. Historically though, the role of workers has had immense importance in not only the reversal of unfair or unjust rules or regulations imposed upon them, unions have also led important movements against unjust actions of governments.

Therefore, it is important for the workers’ unions to revive their role as the representative of the working class, as it is the representative of the majority and the class that is the most exploited at the hands of those who own resources and the means of production.

Hammad Amir

Published in The Express Tribune, January 30th, 2018.

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