Training of labour inspectors

Training of labour inspectors of Sindh on inspection of wages

The ILO convened a one day training workshop on “Inspection of Wages” for 27 labour inspectors of the Department of Labour (DoL) Sindh providing the inspecting staff an opportunity to discuss in detail issues related to wages.

Press release | Karachi, Pakistan | 15 December 2017
KARACHI (ILO News): The ILO convened a one day training workshop on “Inspection of Wages” for 27 labour inspectors of the Department of Labour (DoL) Sindh on 14th December, 2017. The workshop provided inspecting staff of Department of Labour Sindh an opportunity to discuss in detail:
  1. Core concepts related to wages
  2. ILO’s conventions relating to wage [i.e. C95 - Protection of Wages; C100 - Equal Remuneration and C131 - Minimum Wage]
  3. Provincial wage laws and iv) global good practices on wage implementation 

The workshop was co-facilitated by the ILO’s Wage Specialist for Asia Pacific region Mr Xavier Estupinan and the Strengthening Labour Inspection Systems in Pakistan (SLISP) project team with the objective to improve the knowledge of labour inspectors on key concepts on wages and its enforcement.

Addressing to the inaugural session, the Secretary Labour and Human Resource Development Sindh Mr Abdul Rasheed Solangi thanked the ILO for its continued support. Referring to one of the key recommendations that emerged during the Sindh Labour Conference held on 11th December 2017, Mr Solangi maintained that the DOL Sindh would shift its approach from prosecution to persuasion as this was viewed more pragmatic in order to enhance the compliance of labour laws and in particular that related to the enforcement of minimum wages. Mr Solangi, also highlighted the recent achievement of the DoL Sindh of promulgating the OSH law and committed to move forward with the implementation of regulations for home-based and domestic workers of Sindh province.

Ms Ingrid Christensen, Director ILO Country Office Islamabad in her key note address acknowledged the efforts made by the DoL Sindh on pioneering the OSH law which was unanimously vetted through the Sindh Assembly. She also welcomed the DoL Sindh’s commitment for dedicated laws covering domestic and home-based workers and informed the audience about the ILO’s parallel endeavours that focus on helping the government improve wage implementation. Ms Christensen stressed the importance of wages, particularly for those who are receiving them, and the labour inspectors being the custodian of the wage law enforcement.

Mr Nassarullah Jan, representing the Federal Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (MOPHRD) acknowledged the ILO and the Dutch Government’s contribution in strengthening industrial relations in Pakistan. He also conveyed the Ministry’s fullest commitment towards and support the efforts for enforcement of labour laws in particular to wage regulation in Pakistan.

The ILO Country Office for Pakistan organized this workshop under Dutch funded Strengthening Labour Inspection Project in cooperation with GiZ funded Labour standards in global supply chains, the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development and the Department of Labour Sindh.