Hundreds of textile staff in Pakistan have staged protests calling for better workers' rights.

They want the authorities to provide labour rights including social security cards, residential facilities and education for children.

They are also seeking a 20% increase in minimum wages, and to make sure this is widely implemented.

The protestors gathered in front of Pakistan's District Coordination Officers (DCO) Jhang office and chanted slogans against the government authorities.

Labour leader Latif Ansari told just-style that the prices of all goods have increased in Pakistan this year, and textile mill owners are paying the workers even less than the Government-imposed minimum wage of PKR6000 (US$70) per month.

Ansari added that if the Government intends to increase textile export earnings it should also focus on improving working conditions in textile plants.

There are around 3.5m textile workers in Pakistan, most of whom work on daily wages and without any job security or social security benefits.