Punjab Labour Secretary Sarah Aslam has said that the department is well aware with the reservations of industrialists and wants to move ahead as a team.
She was speaking at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
LCCI President Irfan Iqbal Sheikh, Vice President Mian Zahid Jawaid Ahmad, DG Labour Faisal Nisar, also spoke on the occasion.
The Secretary Labour said that Punjab’s labour policy had been formulated with a vision to ensure gainfully employed and satisfied labour force which optimally contributed to national growth and worked in a decent environment as per national and international standards.
The policy was based on labour rights guaranteed by the constitution and labour laws of the country and International Labour Organization conventions, she said.
She said that Punjab Occupational Safety Health Act 2019 and Punjab Domestic Workers Act 2019 will help in protecting the rights of the workers in the province by providing them the official identity of worker and a forum for redressal of their grievances.
Over 70 labour laws are being reviewed and shortened. She sought help of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry in this regard, she said.
Sarah Aslam welcomed the ideas of building labour colonies along with the industrial units and establishment of a facilitation desk at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
About inspection free regime, the Sectary Labour said that a system would be developed in collaboration with the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
LCCI President Irfan Iqbal Sheikh, in his addressed, called for trust building between business community and trade & industry related departments.
He said that Punjab governments’ departments should play role as a facilitator for the businesses.
In terms of Ease of doing Business, the LCCI has always suggested to reduce the number of labor related taxes by clubbing WPPF, WWF, PESSI and EOBI, he said.
He said that reduction in labour transportation cost would reduce the cost of doing business. Industrialists should be allowed to build labour colonies at 10 per cent of their land.
The LCCI President said that existing Labor Laws (under the Punjab Industrial Relation Act 2010) allow 25% members to remain in trade unions who are other than laborer.
He said that involvement of such members affects the activities of trade unions.
He suggested that these labor laws should be reviewed because these external elements cause the exploitation of the workers and sometimes the hamper the law and order conditions in the society.