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Theme: Informal Economy
Region(s): Pakistan ; South Asia
Pakistan Textile sector: Government proposes Rs200b 'bailout' package. The Express Tribune . (20 October 2016)

In a bid to save the sector, Minister for Commerce Engineer Khurram Dastgir Wednesday said that the government has proposed a Rs200-billion bailout package for the revival and modernisation of the textile industry. 

Home based women workers federation has demanded they be given status of industrial workers with social coverage under ILO Convention C177 along with according to them all rights under constitution of Pakistan.

Pakistan HBWWF Demands Announcement Of Policy For Home Based Workers. Pakistan Point . (19 October 2016)

The General Secretary Home Based Women Workers Federation (HBWWF) Zehra Khan has demanded to Sindh Government for announcement of a policy for home based workers with guarantee of social cover to them. She also demanded the federal and provincial governments to adopt tripartite mechanism for resolving of issues pertaining to home based workers. Addressing a news conference here at Hyderabad Press Club on Wednesday, she also underlined the need of ratifying the ILO convention C177, signed in 1996 as well as legislation in this direction by the government.

Lahore Pakistan Social security for unorganised sector workers. The Express Tribune . (17 October 2016)
By Ali, Sara.

The people working in the informal sector face high levels of risks and challenges yet a majority of them are denied their right to social protection. In Pakistan, many workers, especially the females employed in the informal economy, are susceptible to such privations.

Pakistan Civil society demands approval of home-based workers policy. Pakistan Today . (15 October 2016)

Civil society urged the Punjab government to approve Provincial Home Based Workers (HBWs) policy as the ‘Home-based Workers Day’ for South Asia is going to be observed on October 20.

On the appeal of IndustrialALL Global Union, a Geneva-based global group fighting for better working conditions and trade union rights, labour organisations of the city organised a rally at the Karachi Press Club on Friday to protest against persistent deaths of workers in industrial accidents and the third-party contract system.

Pakistan Unregulated hours. TNS . (25 September 2016)
By Habib Khan, Yasir.

“In the absence of an effective regulatory role of the state, and due to the failure in developing a long-term strategy to harness the labour force potential, we have a huge informal sector existing side by side with the formal economy,” says a study conducted by Pervez Tahir, former Chief Economist, Planning Commission of Pakistan in collaboration with by Shirkatgah, WEIGO (Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing), Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER), and HomeNet Pakistan.

Pakistan Employers exploit informal workers in grey economy for higher profits. The News International . (24 September 2016)
By Ahmad, Mansoor.

Some policy makers argue that informal work, for example home-based work, is preferred by women because it suits their needs. It allows them time for their household responsibilities.

Pakistan Home-based workers deprived of social coverage. Business Recorder . (17 September 2016)

A large number of home-based men and women soccer ball stitching workers are confronting multi-dimensional problems and they are facing difficulties in obtaining computerised national identity cards and other basic facilities. Approximately 50 percent of these rural home based women workers (HBWW) do not have computerized national identity cards (CNICs) and it deprives them of many legal privileges like social protection coverage and eligibility to find employment in the formal sector.

Pakistan Govt taking measure to empower women, says minister. The News International . (30 August 2016)

Provincial Minister for Women Development Hameeda Waheedud Din has said that effective implementation of measures for protection of women and their economic empowerment was being ensured. She said that 100 home-based workers would be given training with the cooperation of APWA and ILO.