ILO holds consultation workshop on improving compliance with CLSs

LAHORE: The International Labour Organization (ILO) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development organized a tri-partite consultation workshop to contribute to greater understanding of the core international labour standards (ILS), says a Press release.
The workshop was organized within the framework of projects on Labour Standards financed by the European Union. The Standards discussed at the workshop, which was held in Lahore, concerned Child Labour, Forced Labour, Freedom of Association/Collective Bargaining and Non-Discrimination and Equality in Employment and Occupation. 
The workshop aimed at creating awareness about ILO's Labour Standard setting processes and supervisory systems and helped the Provincial Tripartite Consultative Committee (PTCC) members from Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and representatives from Gilgit Baltistan and the Islamabad Capital Territory to continue discussing the legal, institutional and administrative reforms required for strengthening the labour market governance in the country. 
The workshop was attended by more than 30 participants. It was the third of its kind, following an earlier Consultation in Islamabad on 17-18 January 2017 in which the Provinces presented their progress and flagged the issues relevant to labour legislation and the corresponding enforcement of labour laws and a workshop in Karachi 8-10 February, wherein the PTCCs from Sindh and Balochistan participated.
Suhail Aamir, Federal Secretary, Ministry of OPHRD, while speaking at the inaugural session of the workshop welcomed the ILO's support, said , "These workshops are providing opportunity to federal and provincial governments to analyse labour market governance and plan improvements with reference to the core ILO Conventions and related labour laws regime in Pakistan." 
"This is important for the country, particularly in terms of sustaining the increased economic gains from the Generalised System of Preferences Plus (GSP+) which allows increased access of several eligible categories of Pakistani products through incentives of duty-free exports to EU markets from 1st January 2014 for ten years term," he said. NNI