Advocacy

Regulating domestic work

By Iftikhar Ahmad and Sidra Nizamuddin The article was published on 27 December 2018 by the Express Tribune.  Another version of this article was published by the News on Sunday. In this coauthored piece, Sidra Nizamuddin and Iftikhar Ahmad analyse the recently tabled #Punjab Domestic Workers Bill 2018. While it is a step in the right direction, an inconsistent and incomplete law can further frustrate instead of promoting decent work for domestic workers.

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...

Labour: still the federal mandate?

By Iftikhar Ahmad The article was published on 4 April 2018 by the The Express Tribune. After the 18th Constitutional Amendment, parliament stopped enacting legislation on labour matters as it was argued that the subject was devolved and legislation could be promulgated only by provinces. The Supreme Court of Pakistan, in its decisions dated 28 March 2018 has finally negated this and has argued...

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...

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...

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...

Occupational accidents: moving towards safe work

By Iftikhar Ahmad The article was published on 4 November 2016 by the ExpressTribune. This article brings forward new data on occupational accidents and suggests reforms in legal and administrative regime which can help in decreasing the number of such incidents (examples are Bladia factory fire and Sundar Industrial Estate incidents as well as large number of deaths in mining sector). Decent work is, in...