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...

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 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...