The government of Pakistan submits 41 pending ILO instruments to the parliament

Pakistan Government finally submits pending ILO instruments to the Federal Parliament for consideration.

Press release | Islamabad, Pakistan | 06 January 2022
ISLAMABAD (ILO News): The Government of Pakistan, after a long delay has finally submitted 41 pending instruments for consideration to the recognised competent authority, the Parliament of Pakistan, in accordance with the requirements of the ILO Constitution. These pending instruments include conventions, recommendations and protocols adopted in the previous 21 sessions of the International Labour Conference (ILC) from 1994 to 2021.

The ILO and its European Union (EU) funded International Labour and Environmental Standards Application in Pakistan’s SMEs (ILES) project jointly, provided necessary technical support to the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (MOP&HRD), to prepare an analytical report and a set of recommendations on the pending instruments for the competent authority. Later a national level consultation was also organised inviting all relevant stakeholders on the 28 March 2018 to further review and refine the recommendations.

As a result, the revised report along with the pending instruments was submitted by the MOP&HRD to the Federal Cabinet for its submission to the Federal Parliament. After detailed discussions on the matter in the Cabinet and multiple clarifications sought, the Federal Cabinet approved the submission in its meeting on the 2 November 2021 and a notification was issued on the 15 November 2021.

According to the recent updates received by the ILO, the pending instruments have been submitted to the Parliament and are likely to be placed on the agenda of the next session of the National Assembly and the Senate, due to be called soon.

The ILO remains committed to support the Government of Pakistan in promoting International Labour Standards and to fulfil necessary requirements in this regard.