ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Administration is in process of codifying four new labour laws as part of measures to control child labour in the Federal Capital.
Laws including Employment and Services Condition Act, Occupational Safety & Health Act, Trade Union Registration & Industrial Relations Act and draft Workers Social Security, Welfare & Compensation Act are being codified with help of International Labour Organisation (ILO), Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development and Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan.Official sources on Monday said of two laws i.e Employment & Services Conditions Act and Occupational Safety & Health Act have been approved by Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development and same was forwarded to Ministry of Interior for onward submission to National Assembly for legislation.
The next meeting will be held soon in Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis to finalise other two draft laws Trade Union Registration & Industrial Relations Act, and Workers Social Security, Welfare & Compensation Act as per international labour standards. Sources said a separate court has also been constituted in ICT Administration for speedy trial of labour challans while a vigilance committee is working under supervision of deputy commissioner, Islamabad to protect child labour on brick kilns.
According to sources a sub-committee was also constituted for survey of child and bonded Labour in ICT, and added a four-man team headed by a Labour Officer and three Labour Inspectors of Labour Welfare Department, Islamabad have been constituted for inspection under various labour laws including child labour.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 12th, 2017.