Advocacy

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...

A New Deal for labour

By Iftikhar Ahmad , Asghar Jameel (former CHRO Jazz) is Group Director HR at VEON The article was published on 5 August 2018 by the The News. The article recommends protection of the right to freedom of association, right to social protection, extension of the scope of labour legislation to the uncovered sectors, enactment of framework legislation at the federal level and re-strengthening...

Labour and manifestos

By Iftikhar Ahmad The article was published on 22 July 2018 by the The News. Another version of this article was published by the Dawn. Of the 207 million population, as determined by the 2017 census, 106 million are registered voters (18 years and above) in Pakistan. More than 90 per cent of these 106 million voters are part of the working age population (15-64 years) and...

State of worker rights

By Iftikhar Ahmad The article was published on 2 May 2018 by the The Express Tribune. This timing of this Labour Day is crucial. The incumbent governments’ tenure is about to end and there would be special messages from the executive on how committed they are in promotion of workers’ rights.  However, before we are blinded by these special supplements and advertisements, let’s...

Meddling with the mandate

By Iftikhar Ahmad The article was published on 11 March 2018 by the Daily Times. Public Sector Development Program (PSDP), managed by the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms, is a resource allocation tool used by the federal government to show its commitment to a subject/issue. Did you know that Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, the federal ministry mandated with the protection...

No country for working women

By Iftikhar Ahmad The article was published on 10 March 2018 by the The Express Tribune. My article in today’s Daily Times explains the Universal Periodic Review process. Pakistan had its human rights record assessed on 13 November 2017. Dozens of reports were submitted by the civil society organisations in the process. Interestingly, NONE of the more than 40 civil...

GSP+ status: are threats of withdrawal real?

By Iftikhar Ahmad The article was published on 27 October 2017 by the The Express Tribune. My article in today’s Express Tribune on GSP+ analyses the scheme and threats for withdrawal of preferential treatment by EU. No serious failure has been identified by the ILO in implementation of labour conventions. What is threatening is the poor record of implementation...

Questions to ask about workers’ rights under CPEC

By Iftikhar Ahmad The article was published on 18 September 2017 by the DAWN. Another version of this article was published by the News on Sunday. My piece on workers’ rights under CPEC was published today in the Daily Dawn.  China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a flagship under China One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative. There is no doubt that the CPEC investment will stimulate...

Breastfeeding and SDGs

By Iftikhar Ahmad The article was published on 3 August 2017 by the The Express Tribune. More than 150 countries of the world are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week from first to seventh August. This year’s theme is ‘sustaining breastfeeding together’ and links achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to breastfeeding. My article presents evidence on the state of breastfeeding in Pakistan and explains...

Gender inequality in jobs

By Iftikhar Ahmad The article was published on 14 March 2016 by the DAWN. The government must also pursue proactive measures for increased representation of women in active labour force.THE IMF estimates that closing the gender gap in Pakistan can boost GDP by 30pc. Pakistan ranks the second last (144th position) in Global Gender Gap Index 2015. The gap is highest in the economic...