The Sindh government has announced that it has become the first provincial government to present a tripartite labour policy after the 18th Constitution Amendment.
Unveiling the policy at a press conference on February 10, Sindh Minister for Information, Labour, Human Resources, Transport and Mass Transit Nasir Hussain Shah said, “The policy is rights-based, participatory and inclusive,” said the minister while presenting the "1st Sindh Labour Policy 2018: A Frame Work of Industrial Relations, Social and Economic Well-being of the People of Sindh". The government said the Sindh Labour Policy 2018 was formed after duly consulting all stakeholders involved. Labour Minister Nasir Shah said: “This is the first tripartite labour policy which has unanimously been approved by the government, workers and employers; they have agreed on the need of working through joint cooperation.”
According to the policy guidelines of the new labour policy (see the Guidelines on page 3-5), a system would be developed in collaboration with employers to train skilled labour force; special measures would be taken to create more employment opportunities in the private sector in rural and urban areas; industrial support centres would be established to set up industries in the rural areas for the unemployed labour force and to support the rural economy; favourable social environment free from harassment at workplace with ‘guaranteed’ equal remuneration to women.
Labourers in the agriculture and mining industries will be brought under the labour legislation and provided the same protection as other workers.
Labour laws are mostly male-centric, but this policy will also address women labour issues, which include equal opportunities and equal remuneration in line with the International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions.
Under the new policy, the law regarding prohibition of employment of children under the age of 14 will be extended to domestic and home-based workers. Furthermore, children between the ages of 16 and 18 will not be engaged in hazardous conditions.
The Sindh Labour Policy 2018 will ensure that children get the minimum wage along with access to education and training tailored for them. Bonded labour will be abolished in all its forms. All restrictive provisions on trade union formation will be removed in accordance with the ILO Conventions 87 and 98.
The policy aims to ensure health and safety at work along with guaranteeing living...