Senate passes Domestic Workers (Employment Rights) Bill

Islamabad: The Senate on Monday passed the Domestic Workers (The Employment Rights) Bill, 2015. This bill was moved by Usman Saifullah Khan, PPP’s Senator.

He said that this was a vital issue since, in Pakistan, there were hundreds of thousands of domestic workers, but at the moment there was no precise law to safeguard their rights.

According to a study (2004), there were around 264,000 child domestic workers in Pakistan, and the number is likely to be much higher now. A civil society report mentioned 41 cases of torture of these child domestic workers reported in the media from January 2010 to June 2013

He also stated that the protection of rights of these domestic workers was the key responsibility of the govt. and parliament.

The senator admitted that this bill was outlined after a long and chaotic struggle. He said that they hoped that National Assembly would also pass the bill easily to protect the rights of domestic workers. ‘’If it was made into a federal law, it would facilitate similar law drafting in the provinces,’’ he added.

The House passed another resolution. It recommended that a Day Care Centre should be established in every Federal Government institution, for the children of female employees.

The House have also adopted a resolution, that recommended that the govt. should increase profit rates of the National Saving Schemes mainly on those relating to senior and pensioners.. Muhammad Javed Abbasi and Salahuddin Tirmizi moved it. After the proper legislation and facilities, the society can succeed to make them respectable and the useful citizens. This legislation is vital and is the requirement of the day.

Through yet another resolution, House recommended that Indus Waters Treaty should be revisited to make new provisions so that Pakistan may get more water for its rivers. It also passed a resolution recommending Govt. to buy the electronic voting machines for Pakistan’s Election Commission.

Speaking on resolution, Sheikh Aftab Ahmad, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs said that the Election Commission has already gained 400 electronic voting machines, that would be used in by-elections and the local government elections and if experiment is proved successful then three hundred thousand more machines would be procured.