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Progressive forces in Pakistan and Afghanistan to form a common strategy to combat this challenge, Joint Conference Declaration
Lahore: There is a common threat of religious fundamentalism and imperialistic occupation to the progressive forces in Pakistan and Afghanistan and there is a need for common strategy to combat this challenge, this was the outcome of a two-day conference of progressive parties of Pakistan and Afghanistan organised by the Labour Education Foundation on March 12 and 13.
Speaking on the occasion, Afghanistan Solidarity Party spokesperson Selay Ghaffar said that the present government in Afghanistan was an enemy of the working class and especially women. “War lords, murderers and tribal leaders sit in power in the government...they are not interested in taking effective measures to promote democracy or equality in Afghanistan.”
Speaking at the concluding session of the conference, Awami Workers Party general secretary Farooq Tariq said a common strategy was required to fight religious fundamentalism on both sides of the border. He said the government of Pakistan must not terrorise those Afghan refugees living peacefully in Pakistan for several years. Refugees who have not received identification documents must get them without delay. “There is no good or bad Taliban,” he said. Terrorism must be fought vigorously by progressive forces on both sides.
The fifth Afghanistan-Pakistan Progressive Parties Conference explored Effective Women’s Participation in Decision Making Bodies.

Community Seminar Organized “International Women Day” on 8th March, 2015 by LEF in Lahore
Labour Education Foundation (LEF) organized a seminar to commemorate “International Women Day” on 8th March, 2015 in Ahmed Town, Lahore. 110 Home Based Women Workers (HBWWs) participated in this seminar. The importance and significance of the International Women’s Day was highlighted, the struggle and efforts of women workers in economy and to improve their working conditions were appreciated. Along with describing the situation of HBWWs, demand to ratify and implement the ILO convention 177 was repeated. The law of sexual harassment at the work place, harassment at public places, violence against women and laws for protection of women were also shared in this event. Women participated enthusiastically though there was heavy rain and hailing in Lahore.

Faiz Amn Mela 2015
Excelent Faiz Amn Mela this year! Despite Pakistan India world cup cricket match today the open air auditorium was full of audience. A beautiful poetic drama "Heer" was presented by drama activists. Poetry session, a regular feature of Mela was very emotional as poets paid tribute to children of APS Peshawar. Challenging religious extremism is not a new phonomenon in poetry in Pakistan but today Faiz Mela brought prominent progressive poets together to renew the promise of fighting fundamentalism. Laal Band, Jawad Ahmed and Inayat Abid sang Faiz and motivated audiences. Farooq Tariq, general secretary Awami Workers Party spoke of bring real change in Pakistan by building working class movement. Lots of young peoples' participation in this year's Faiz Mela was a prominent feature.
I thoroughly enjoyed taking pictures whole day in this wonderful event!

LEF Seminar "Current Political Situation and Workers' Rights"
LEF organised a seminar today in Lahore on "Current Political Situation and Workers' Rights". Asma Jahangir, Salman Akram Raja, Farooq Tariq, Niaz Khan, Amir Sohail, Aslam Meraj, Nazli Javed spoke. Establishment of military courts was strongly opposed by all speakers.
Lack of political will by government to impliment labour laws was criticised by labour leaders. Importance of workers participation and developing workers own politics was emphacised. Workers of formal and informal sector from different areas of Lahore participated in the seminar.

Carpet Workers of Lahore
SASK and APHEDA visit to carpet washing factory, warm welcome by Ittehad Labour Union Carpet Industries Pakistan!

Home Based Workers of Lahore and their work!

Community Seminar Organized by LEF in Lahore
Labour Education Foundation organized a seminar to commemorate the campaign of "16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence" in area of Khuda Ki Basti on 3rd December, 2014.
Approximately 300 women attended the seminar. History, importance, significance and relevance of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence was shared with the audience. 25 November as internationally day to eliminate all types of violence against women, 10 December as human rights day and legal protection against sexual harassment was described. Community activists organized a theater play to highlight the issue of domestic violence.

Protest organized by PHBWF in Lahore
Progressive Home Based Workers Federation (PHBWF) organized a demonstration in front of Lahore Press Club on 21st November, 2014. 550 HBWs from Lahore, Sheikhupura and Kasur participated in the protest. HBWs said they will continue their protest till ratification of C177. Home Based Women Workers chanted Slogans
Ratify C177
Unionization our right
We are workers Recognize us

Sindh Visit
T4-day wonderful visit of Sindh, met brave home based women workers leaders and activists in Hyderabad and Moro, trade unions of Nowshehro Feroz coming together to form a Trade Union Coordination Committee. Difficult political and social situation for women and trade unions but things are moving, thanks to handwork of some committed comrades.

National Convention of Home Based Workers
The National Convention of Home Based Workers (HBWs) was organized by the Labour Education Foundation (LEF) to commemorate...... more

Prosperity Begins At Home
Home Based Workers call for inclusion in labour policies and the ratification of C 177 - the ILO convention concerning them, in order to put an end to their exploitation. You! takes a look... more


Women workers give Nov 20 deadline to government LAHORE: Women Home Based Workers (HBWs) from all over Punjab have warned the government of a dharna (sit-in) in front of the Punjab Assembly..... more

Female Brick Kiln Worker Issues
Another good report by Shehryar Warraich! This is about discrimination with female brick kiln workers.


Help with homework,  Home-based workers demand recognition as labour, end to extortion and harassment By Shahzada Irfan Ahmed Sajida Manzoor is a home-based worker (HBW) from Rawalpindi. She, along with her family members..... more

National Convention of Home Based Workers: By Khalid Mahmood(01/11/2013) LAHORE: Stressing upon the legal recognition of ‘Home Based Workers’(HBWs) as ‘labour’, national convention of HBWs call for legislation as well as policy framing for suppressed workers in all provinces..... more 

More than 300 workers die in Pakistan due to fire in two factories, Criminal negligence by government and employers, they should be brought to justice for killing workers: By Khalid Mahmood (13/09/2012)More than 289 textile workers in Karachi and 25 shoe makers in Lahore died due to fires in.... more

Every government suppresses trade unions            Altaf Baloch has lived an eventful life working and fighting for the cause of labour unions and paying a price for it in the shape of spending many years in jail. He has supported working class.... more

A Long Struggle ends in a Win National Database and Registration Authority ( NADRA) is the leading organization in Pakistan that keeps the record of all the citizens of Pakistan. It issues national identity cards, passports, other cards for..... more 

PTCL United Workers Alliance rejects Etisalat unemployment plan Company plan to kick out 16000 more workers, Nationalise PTCL, United Alliance demands at a press conference in Lahore:Today on 31st July, leaders of six different trade.... more

Intro: Pakistan Industrial Relations Act (PIRA)       By: Salman Ali (23/07/2012) In 2010 Punjab government passed the new labour law PIRA which LEF believes that they want the laborers to work hard for their rights. It’s simply against their will.  As.... more

Discussion with labour students on Pakistan Penal Code Section 509: An orientation session was conducted at Suttermill and Youhanabad in last week of June.  The topic was “Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2010”. About... more

LEF documentary on Power loom workers selected for Berlin Film Festival‏:(Khalid Mahmood 13\02\2012) Labour Education Foundation’s documentary “Rise of the Oppressed” on power loom workers of Faisalabad directed by Ammar Aziz has been selected...... more

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Labour Party Pakistan under attack, Help us to fight back: (Farooq Tariq 15\11\2011) Several supporters and members of Labour Party Pakistan are locked up if different jails of Pakistan.... more

ITGLWF Condemns Jailing of Pakistan Power Loom Union Leaders: The International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers’ Federation has strongly condemned the brutal campaign waged by employers.... more

 “Registration as workers is the legal right of Home Based Workers”. This was demanded by women present at the first ever celebration of Home Based Workers Day jointly organized Home Net Pakistan and.... more

Nobody in Pakistan postal services is in the position to solve the problems of union. Saeed Hameed Ahmed has been striving for the worker rights of Pakistan postal services since 1957. He formed an.... more

 Ship breaking industry earning Billions annually is being ignored by the Government institutions. On 27th September a seminar was held in Karachi on the topic of working conditions and rights of... more

We will protest until our demands are met. All primary teachers Association Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa is on protest since October 1st and from 22nd October classes are being boycotted too..... more

Daily waged workers of Nestle Pakistan’s Sheikhupura factory are facing numerous problems. Their wages are not increased, denied of benefits such as weekly and annual holidays.... more

Six power loom workers’ leaders sentenced for 10 year each by Anti-Terrorist Court in Faisalabad       By Khalid Mahmood (01\11\2011)Anti-Terrorist Court’s judge Mian Muhammad Anwar Nazir sentenced six Labour Qaumi Movement’s leaders for 10 years each under terrorism charges in Faisalabad...read more



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