Labour Minister Raja Ashfaq Sarwar said on Wednesday that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif would announce the first-ever labour policy for the province and inaugurate the construction of the Labour Welfare Complex on Labour Day.
He was speaking at the concluding session of a three-day training workshop on international labour standards. Sarwar said the workshop would help in improving labour standards in the industrial sector. He informed those present on the occasion that provisions on the right to form a trade union, strengthening social dialogue, adopting alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, a timeframe for judges of labour courts, eradication of child and bonded labour, revamping inspection machinery, social security and workers’ welfare, rationalisation of labour laws and raising the minimum wage had been included in the policy.
Those present on the occasion highlighted the challenges confronting the community and suggested measures to overcome them. Ragwan and Vera of the International Labour Organisation, Pakistan Workers’ Federation Punjab president Chaudhry Naseem Iqbal, general secretary Zahoor Ahmed Awan and Workers Employers Bilateral Council of Pakistan Punjab chairman Malik Tahir Javed were also present at the workshop.
The event was organised by the ILO and the PWF Punjab.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 30th, 2015.