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.

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: 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...

Minimum wages: issues to consider

By Iftikhar Ahmad The article was published on 16 June 2014 by the DAWN. Minimum wage can help reduce gender pay gap. With higher education levels, women are reducing this gap, but it is still high, particularly in low skilled occupations.IS Rs12,000 enough as minimum wage? The answer lies with the poverty line, which is estimated as the equivalent of 2,350 calories per adult...