No or very rare and weak Workers Unions/Federation that cannot unite workers and fight for their rights
Another major cause that the GBF is working on is the lack of strong workers’ unions and federations
that can fight for the rights of the workers. Workers’ unions and federations play a vital role in ensuring
that workers are not exploited, and their rights are protected. Unfortunately, in Pakistan, these unions
are few and far between, and even those that do exist are often weak and unable to stand up to
powerful employers or government officials.
The lack of strong workers’ unions and federations can be attributed to a number of factors, including
government interference, intimidation, and harassment of union leaders, and a lack of awareness
among workers about their rights. Employers in many industries also resist the formation of unions, as
they fear that unions will demand better working conditions, higher wages, and other benefits that will
increase their costs and cut into their profits.
Without strong workers’ unions and federations, workers are often left vulnerable to exploitation and
abuse by their employers. They have no collective bargaining power, and they are unable to negotiate
for better wages, safer working conditions, or other benefits. This puts them at a disadvantage in the
labor market and perpetuates a cycle of poverty and inequality.
The GBF is working to address this issue by promoting the formation of strong and effective workers’
unions and federations. They are working to raise awareness among workers about their rights,
providing training and support to union leaders, and advocating for policies that protect workers’ rights
and promote the formation of strong unions.
In addition to this, the GBF is also working to build alliances with other organizations and groups that
share their commitment to workers’ rights. By working together, these groups can amplify their voices
and push for meaningful change in the labor market.
Overall, the lack of strong workers’ unions and federations is a significant barrier to ensuring that
workers’ rights are protected in Pakistan. The GBF’s efforts to promote the formation of these unions
and federations are a critical part of their work to promote social and economic justice in the country.