Govt urged to release Rs 40bn workers fund

KARACHI: A delegation of National Trade Unions Federation (NTUF) will visit Islamabad on 22 May to raise issue of non-releasing Workers Welfare Fund (WWF) with authority concerned, said Deputy General Secretary NTUF Nasir Mansoor while talking to PPI on Sunday.

He said that the federal government had to pay about Rs 40 billion fund to Sindh government in the head of WWF as the amount had not been released since last 3-4 years.

“This amount is spent on private sector industrial workers welfare such as dowry grant, death and education funds but due to non-release of the funds, workers are suffering badly,” he said.

To a question, he said that the fund had been halted after complaints of corruption and still the inquiry was being continued. “We are not against the probe, however, it should be completed but halting the fund is injustice with the workers,” he said and urged the federal government to release the fund forthwith.

He said that around 4500 flats allotted to workers in Karachi had been occupied by different elements. He demanded of authority concerned to take solid steps for removing illegal occupation.

He also demanded immediate nomination of Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa representatives in National Industrial Relation Commission and said that due to absence of the both provinces’ representatives in the commission, many industrial disputes were in pending and workers suffering.

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