Advocacy

GSP+ and labour rights

By Iftikhar Ahmad  The article was published on 14 April 2019 by the News on Sunday The article focuses on the state of labour rights as assessed through newly released Labour Force Survey 2018 (launched in January 2019). Under GSP+, Pakistan is required to protect and promote fundamental labour rights. The article gives an overview of the state of labour rights during the first five years of GSP+(2014-18) and recommends...

The state of labour in Pakistan

By Iftikhar Ahmad The article was published on 03 February 2019 by the News on Sunday. In this newspaper article, I analyse the recently released #LabourForceSurvey2017-18 in #Pakistan. There are many insights to share (increase in gender wage gap, dwindling female labour force participation, reduction in the share of agriculture in total employment, and the increased share of formal sector). The article recommends reforms in the collection of data through LFS on #gigeconomy...

Addressing Pakistan’s modern slavery problem

By Iftikhar Ahmad The article was published on 16 October 2017 by the DAWN. The Global Slavery Index 2016 estimated the number of modern slavery victims in Pakistan as 2.134m (1.13pc of the total population). In terms of absolute numbers, Pakistan ranked 3 (out of 167 countries) in this index after India (18.354m) and China (3.388m). Using the above referred percentage of 1.13pc with the new...

Child labour: lack of coherent reforms in Pakistan

By Iftikhar Ahmad The article was published on 1 July 2017 by the The Express Tribune. There are more than 20 laws in Pakistan which deal with different dimensions of child labour. However, they lack coherence. And unless this incoherence is removed, eradication of child labour is not possible.There are more than 20 laws in Pakistan which deal with different dimensions of child labour. These...

Winning the child labour war

By Iftikhar Ahmad The article was published on 13 June 2016 by the DAWN. In Pakistan, 3.7m minors between the ages of 10 and 17 years are involved in child labour. The federal and provincial governments need to follow a three-pronged strategy to curb child labour: provision of free, compulsory and quality basic education at least up to the minimum age for admission to work; adoption...

Brick children’s rights

By Iftikhar Ahmad The article was published on 15 February 2016 by the DAWN. Laws cannot have contradictory provisions: requiring compulsory education while allowing children to engage in full-time jobs before they complete compulsory education.THE PUNJAB Prohibition of Child Labour at Brick Kilns Ordinance 2016, promulgated last month forbids hiring children below 14 years of age. It also regulates the employment of adults by requiring...