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The COVID pandemic should be a final wakeup call.

Mr Asaf F Vardag President,Haji Muhammad Saeed Arian Founder/Secretary General  Mrs Atia Saleem Chairperson Pakistan Labour Federation (PLF) ,   Malik Ali Umar Awan President Mr Faysal Abbas  Secretary General Pakistan National Federation of Trade Union (PNFTU) Ch Tariq Javeed President Peoples Trade Union Workers Federation (PTUWF)  express their concerns about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Cataract an Daily Wage workers in all over the Country  They said that more than 14 peasant movements across South Asia, which include peasants, small and medium-size farmers, rural women and youth, Indigenous Peoples, migrant and agricultural workers, They said that that the current agro-industrial food system and neoliberal economies of South Asia are ill-equipped to deal with such a  crisis. The high population density and the repeated failure of Governments to provide adequate housing to our most vulnerable population’s means that failure to act now will lead to catastrophic consequences.

            Living in crowded conditions, often without access to Drinking soft and normal water, our poorest Workers will be unable to self-isolate, practice social distancing, and frequent hand washing. They said that the  poor workers will not be able to feed themselves amidst the shutdowns in Factories and businesses across South Asia.

            Governments have known that the number of cases across the region have been rising – but have continued to fail to act in a prepared and organized manner to protect the poorest workers They Urge the Government. to immediately announce , economic packages to support vulnerable workers before announcing lockdowns. They said that have waited for infections to spread and have announced sudden lockdowns without enforcing any measures to protect the working poor. Vulnerable workers living in precarious economic conditions, who already struggle to find daily work, are not only concerned about their health; they are struggling to figure out how they will put the next meal on the table for themselves and their families.

(Hai Muhammad Saeed Arian)      (Malik Ali Umar Awan)   (Ch Tariq Javeed)

Founder/Secretary General           President                             President

(PLF)                                                  (PNFTU)                                (PTUWF)

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World Federation of Trade Unions

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