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Pakistan’s labour laws to be updated: official

Pakistan labour

LAHORE: Pakistan’s labour laws would be updated for safeguarding the interests of the labourers and employers, a government official said.

Speaking at a consultative workshop of labourers, industrialists and the government on labour laws at a local hotel, provincial Minister for Industries and Trade Mian Aslam Iqbal said that the labour laws would be updated within the ILO’s mandate and in accordance with the relevant rules and regulations.

A simple and practical law would be devised for labour welfare, social security and EOBI by consolidating 39 labour laws, he said.

He appreciated the Labour Department for bringing all the stakeholders on one table for better legislation.

“It is time to amend 100 years old laws that exploit the working class. We need to legislate, while keeping in view the employers and employees’ issues”, he said.

Minister for Labour Ansar Majeed Khan Niazi said that improvement in the labour laws would change the destiny of industrial workers.

The Labour Department has been digitalised, he said, adding that Rehmatul-lil-Alameen Social Security Hospital was the first paperless medical institution. Similarly, the system of death and marriage grants of labourers have also been made online.

Parliamentarians, presidents of chambers of commerce and industries, representatives of trade unions, ILO, Unicef and line departments attended the workshop.


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