Collective Bargaining and Negotiation

Collective bargaining and effective negotiation skills to promote decent work in Pakistan

The ILO Pakistan Office, under the on Labour Standards in Global Supply Chains (LSGSC) project, conducted a four-day training on organizing and collective bargaining for workers and trade unions in Faisalabad during 26-29 March 2018.

Press release | Faisalabad, Pakistan | 12 April 2018
ISLAMABAD (ILO News): The ILO project Labour Standards in Global Supply Chains (LSGSC) organized a four day workshop on “Organizing and Collective Bargaining for workers and Trade Unions” at Faisalabad from 26-29 March 2018. This workshop was attended by 42 workers representatives from Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and Sindh and who had an opportunity to enhance their knowledge on effective tools for collective bargaining.

The training helped to identify some of the challenges faced by trade unions in organising & Collective Bargaining (CB) and sought consensus on how these can be countered effectively. The workshop also highlighted how the ILO’s supervisory mechanisms on Freedom of Association (FOA) promotes an “enabling environment” for trade union organizing by proposing improved strategies for organizing, targeting in particular the workers in private sector and in informal economy.

The workshop was facilitated by Mr Karuppiah Somasundram, Assistant Secretary Education, and Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) Malaysia.

Mr Zahoor Awan General Secretary Pakistan Workers Federation (PWF) in his remarks highlighted the importance of Social Dialogue in the process of collective bargaining. He explained the topic in the light of ILO convention 87 and 98 concerning CB and FOA. He further explained the elements of collective bargaining, and how these are being used during the bipartite dialogues between employers and workers as well as how workers can present a charter of demand to the employers. He added that the devolution had transferred the responsibility of federal government towards the provinces to provide a regulatory framework and mechanism to regulate workplace relations through Industrial Relations Act (IRA). The role of trade unions at provincial level has become more distinctive in this process to ensure decent working conditions, reasonable wages and job security for the workers.

Ms Ingrid Christensen Country Director ILO Pakistan in her welcoming remarks highlighted the importance collective bargaining in achieving decent work for all. She further highlighted essential elements of collective bargaining which includes but not limited to as listening, clarity of message, openness to others and seeking joint solutions.

The ILO is implementing a number of projects across the Asia Pacific Region aimed at promoting fundamental principles and rights at work, through increasing the capacity of partners in areas such as labour dispute management, collective bargaining and social dialogue, in efforts to enhance sound industrial relations in various sectors.

The event was organized by Labour Standards in Global Supply Chains Project financed by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, the programme is a part of a renewed partnership between the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).