80% Workers not Getting Minimum Wage of RS 25,000 Per Month in Pakistan:
Pakistanis are facing severe living conditions due to the country’s inability to implement minimum wage legislation and the steep rise in inflation. According to the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER), 80% of unskilled workers not receiving the established minimum wage of Rs25,000 per month, which set up ten months ago. Furthermore, a recent survey by the World Bank found that 83% of Pakistani households are not receiving the daily minimum of $2 required to fulfill their basic needs.
Karamat Ali, the Executive Director of PILER, reported that historically high inflation has only exacerbated people’s sufferings, and the 35.4% inflation rate in March has considerably impacted purchasing power. While the Punjab government has announced a minimum wage increase to Rs32,000 per month, Ali argues that there is no system in place to verify compliance by commercial and industrial establishments. To finance necessities such as food, clean water, education, and healthcare, Ali proposed that each worker should receive a minimum of Rs50,000 per month.
Ali also cited the World Bank report, stating that 83% of households in Pakistan do not receive the required $2 per day, although the report is 18 months old, and inflation has nearly doubled, while the value of the rupee has dropped by more than half relative to the US dollar.
Furthermore, the lack of organization under trade unions has prevented workers from responding to the report, and many employees lack the necessary documentation to file a lawsuit since their contracts do not automatically renew upon expiration. Despite various governments coming and going, no action taken to implement the World Bank study.
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