Industrial Relations Laws in Province - May 19, 2011

A petition has been moved in Islamabad High Court challenging the legal existence of Ministry of Labor and Manpower, after repeal of Industrial Relations Act 2010.

A petition has been moved in Islamabad High Court challenging the legal existence of Ministry of Labor and Manpower, after repeal of Industrial Relations Act 2010. The petitioner has argued that Federal Minister and staff of Ministry of Labor and Manpower (especially Industrial Relations Commission) were receiving their salaries illegally after repeal of above-mentioned act. The petitioner has prayed that either court should order Ministry of Labor to form a new legislation or Industrial Relations Act of 2002 may be declared as functional now. A new legislation is necessary for registration and industrial dispute settlement of national level federations like unions in PIA, Railways, Pakistan Post and Civil Aviation Authority. However, it must be mentioned here that Government has already drafted a new law on industrial relations in federal territories as well as to cater to the needs of national level federations, which protects NIRC. While the current petition has been filed in Islamabad High Court, High courts of two larger provinces had already given their verdicts about IR laws. While Sindh High Court had decided to stick with IRO 1969, the Lahore High Court decided that until a new law is promulgated IRA 2008 would remain in effect. Nonetheless IRA 2010 was promulgated in Punjab in December 2010, the Sindh province and federal territory are still working on their laws. As for Sindh province, consultations were held last month and a new law would be enacted by June 30, 2011. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan have already notified their industrial relations acts in 2010.

Source

Draft of employer-worker relations law finalised

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WEBCOP

Provincial Assembly Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Punjab Laws Online

Ministry of Labour and Man Power, Government of Pakistan

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