LAHORE - All Pakistan Workers Confederation, in an emergent meeting of trade unions’ representatives and workers held Saturday at Bakhtiar Labour Hall, passed a resolution declaring that the proposed federal budget for 2015-16 had not wooed the social and economic sufferings of the poor masses and the working class.

The federal government, instead of raising revenue for the welfare of the common citizens by taxing the elite and feudal lords and crony and capitalists who are transferring their wealth to Swiss bank and Dubai, has reduced tax collection this year 7.5% than previous year 10.2%. At the same time, it has raised the expenditures of the President and Prime Minister’s Houses @ 8% than the previous year whereas paltry rise in the pay and salaries and pension of the employees and pensioners was only @7.5% while the minimum wages had been fixed only Rs.13000 per month, whereas, the Punjab Assembly in a resolution passed unanimously had decided to raise their monthly allowance @ 100%.

It called upon the Prime Minister to intervene and raise the wages and pension @ 50% along with minimum wages Rs20000 per month keeping in view the high inflation and allocate limit Rs500 billion to build new dams and hydel power houses to overcome the serious loadshedding and provide cheaper electricity which is a basic need of the citizens.

The meeting was addressed by veteran trade union leader Khurshid Ahmad, General Secretary, along with Rubina Jameel, president, Ch Muhammad Anwar, Akbar Ali Khan, Yousaf Baloch, Niaz Khan, Osama Tariq and other representatives of the of the confederation and trade unions representatives.