Extension in Industrial Relations Ordinance 2011 - November 17, 2011

President. Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, had promulgated the Industrial Relations Ordinance 2011, under Article 89 of the Constitution, on 16th July 2011 in order to fill the legal vacuum following the removal of concurrent legislative list (which included the subject of labor) under the 18th Constitutional Amendment. The ordinance was promulgated primarily to regulate industrial and labor relations in the capital territory and at the trans-provincial level.

The usual limit of an ordinance is 120 days and Parliament usually deliberates on the issue during these 120 days and ordinances become acts of parliament. However, the IRO-2011 was not deliberated upon by the Parliament during these 120 days and was going to lapse on 16th November. In order to avoid the possible lapse of the ordinance, workers marched towards the Parliament House demanding a onetime 120-day extension to the presidential ordinance. On a resolution moved by Syed Khurshid Shah, as provided under Article 89.2 of Constitution, the National Assemble extended the ordinance for further 120 days by passing the resolution.

Labor leaders expressed hope that this extended period would give enough time to the legislators to discuss this ordinance in detail for making it a law.

Source: Published in The Dawn, November 17th, 2011

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