Lahore: ILO Islamabad office convened a three day training workshop from 19-21 December, 2011 jointly with Labour and Human Resource Department, Government of Punjab in Lahore, the provincial capital. In the post 18th Constitutional amendments where labour issue has been devolved to the provinces, the training has been organized as part of ILO’s technical assistance to help improve reporting on ILO core conventions. Mr Hassan Iqbal, Secretary, Labour & Human Resource Department in his inaugural speech highlighted the importance of labour standards and efforts of the department to implement these standards in the province and improve reporting. Total of 35 senior labour officials from across the province participated in the training. The training was focused on the themes of Freedom of association and collective bargaining; Child labour; Discrimination; Forced labour and Home Based Workers.
Training also included direct interaction with child labourers and workers from the brick kiln industry and extensive group work to postulate recommendations for better reporting on ILO conventions under the four themes of ILO core Convention. Mr Muhammad Haji Javed, President, Employers Federation of Pakistan conducted a session on employers’ perspective on ILS. He stated that labour was not a commodity and EFP was committed to provide workers their right to organize and collective bargaining. Mr Javed also told that EFP had supported the convention on home based workers and would also participate actively in the consultations foreseen to develop a national policy for home based workers. Mr Zahoor Awan, Acting General Secretary, Pakistan Workers Federation conducted a session on workers perspective on International Labour Standards and identified changes required in Punjab Industrial Relations Act, 2010 in line with the ILS.
Mr Shoaib Khan Niazi, President, All Pakistan Brick Kilns Owners Association (APBKOA) also conducted a session under theme forced labour and prescribed law and policy changes required to abolish forced labour. He said that a model agreement between the owner and brick kiln worker should be introduced through a tripartite consultation. Mr Niazi stated that trend of advance should be made illegal to avoid any exploitation of brick kiln workers and basic literacy should be provided to all brick kiln workers.
Mr Muhammad Saifullah Chaudhry, Senior Programme Officer, ILO facilitated the training also undertook sessions under different themes. He briefed the participants on the history of ILS and also procedures required to adopt and enforce conventions. Mr Chaudhry also lead the interaction between participants and child labourers and brick kiln workers which was the appreciated by the labour officials. Other ILO officials who too training sessions included Mr Taseer Alizai, Ms Frida khan, Mr Saad Gilani, and Mr Haroon Qureshi.
On the concluding day, Mr M. Javaid Gill, Central Labour Advisor, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of Pakistan highlighted the importance of reporting on the core ILS and the role coordination role of the federal ministry. At last day labour officials in groups underlined challenges faced by them in the field regarding collection of data and information to report on the application of International Labour Standards (ILS). They also devised recommendations to improve the process of reporting on ILS. These recommendations will be formally shared with the Labour Department for necessary considerations.
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