Greening brick making to address climate changes and safety health concerns of workers

Rethinking Brick Kiln Communities, which aims to protect Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (FPRW) and improve Occupational Health and Safety (OSH) is indisputably the way forward when talking about climate adaptive green jobs, agreed stakeholders at a consultation organised under ILO Project.

Press release | Islamabad, Pakistan | 05 October 2022
ISLAMABAD (ILO News) - Modern brick making techniques are necessary to address not only climate changes but also to address Health and Safety concerns of Workers in the brick kilns industry.

An agreement for a pilot project was reached by over 40 stakeholders who participated in a consultation organised under the International Labour Organization (ILO) implemented project on “Promotion of Decent Work Opportunities for the Economic Empowerment of Vulnerable Segments of Society”, funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Mr Iftikhar Shallwani, Federal Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Works chaired the panel discussion on the policy framework for the environmental-friendly construction sector focusing on brick kilns. Educating society in general and the brick kiln community, in particular, will help to address labour and environmental challenges.

Mr Shoaib Khan Niazi, President, Brick Kiln Owners’ Association of Pakistan said that Zig zag technology has helped the employers in many ways, the design reduces the cost and provides safer working conditions for workers. He also stressed that this is timely as floods have also heavily damaged the sector and will help in building back communities through infrastructure support where construction sector will be vital.

Ms Emanuela Benini, Director, Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) Office for Pakistan & Afghanistan, while inaugurating the consultation said that the Italian Cooperation in Pakistan sees the pilot project as an opportunity to address issues like child labour that are also prevalent in brick kilns sector and the model on Rethinking Brick Kiln Communities is an integrated approach that looks at promoting Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work through greening the sector.

Mr Manzoor Khaliq, Senior Specialist, Employment, Decent Work, Peace and Resilience, ILO Geneva, chaired the closing session and ensured the continuation of ILO’s technical assistance to promote Labour and Environmental standards.

Mr Azhar Malik, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and HRD, Mr Muhammad Akram, Member, Employers’ Federation of Pakistan and Ch. Yaseen, Secretary General, Pakistan Workers’ Federation reiterated their support in making the proposed pilot model a success.