LAHORE: Due to weak labor laws and uncertain employment in the country, lakhs of employees are suffering from psychological disorders.
Lakhs of people in private and public enterprises are forced to work on contract and daily wages due to weak labor laws and precarious employment situation. Experts say that due to the fear of job loss and the discriminatory attitudes of the officers, contract workers live in anxiety and stress, due to which some people also suffer from psychological disorders.
45-year-old Sabir Hussain has been working as a peon for the last 15 years in a well-known private educational institution of DHA Lahore. According to Saber Hussain, he works here on daily wages. Their monthly salary is 32 thousand rupees, however, if they have to take leave for any reason, the money is deducted from their salary.
He said that he has 6 children, out of which he could not teach the 4 eldest children, but the two youngest daughters study in the local government school and his 14-year-old eldest son also works to light the hearth of the house. does.
Similarly, 38-year-old Nasreen Kausar, who works as a cook in a private institution, is about to complete 7 years of working in the institution located in Gulbarg, but she is not getting any medical facilities from the institution, nor the benefits like other regular employees of the institution. are found Nasreen Kausar said that her husband has died and she is taking care of her children with great difficulty. They are always mentally disturbed.
It should be noted that those working on contract or daily wages are not only facing such problems in private institutions, but contract employees in many government institutions are also facing similar situations.
In most government and private institutions, janitors, sweepers, drivers, peons, security guards and office boys are recruited on contract basis and their contracts are renewed every 3 months, thus these employees can leave the job at any time of the year. Live with fear.
Psychologist Rabia Younis says in this regard that most of the contract employee’s life is spent in anxiety and fear of threats from the officers. A contract employee lives under more pressure than regular employees. The behavior of the management of the organization is also inappropriate towards the contract employees, due to which such people mostly suffer from mental stress and psychological problems.
Central Deputy Secretary General of Pakistan Workers’ Federation, Saad Muhammad while talking to Express said that unfortunately there is a tendency to keep employees on contract and daily wages in government departments along with private institutions. Employers and organizations hire contract employees instead of regular ones to save tax and money.
He said that a contract employee cannot get education because he does not get leave like a regular employee. A contract employee cannot take more than 10 days of leave for treatment of himself and children. A contract employee does not risk getting their children a good education