Industrial Relations Act IRA 2012 Passed in Senate

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IRA 2012 (Workers rights bill) Passed in Senate

ISLAMABAD (March 7, 2012) : Industrial Relations Act (IRA), 2012, was unanimously passed by the Senate on Wednesday. The bill was moved by PPP stalwart Mian Raza Rabbani.
The bill, if adopted also by the National Assembly and signed by the president, will ensure protection of the labourers’ rights and rationalise the law in the capital territory and at the trans-provincial level.
Among other key issues, it deals with formation of trade unions, regulation of relations between employers and workers, and avoidance and settlement of any disputes between them.
The president has convened a special National Assembly session on March 12 to discuss the bill.
If the bill becomes law it will give legal cover to over 400 unions and 70 associations registered in trans-provincial and federal institutions after labour-related matters were devolved to the provinces under the 18th Amendment of the Constitution.
Under the legislation, the federal government will constitute a National Industrial Relations Commission to adjudicate on an industrial dispute in Islamabad to which a trade union or federation of trade unions is party and which is not confined to matters of local nature; as well as any other industrial dispute of national importance referred to it by the government.
The act will not apply to those involved in the administration of the state other than those employed as workmen, security staff and those drawing wages not lower than Group V in PIA, Pakistan Security Printing Corporation and Security Papers Limited and to institutions meant for treatment or care of sick, infirm, destitute or mentally unfit persons, excluding those run on a commercial basis.
Leader of Opposition Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidri, Leader of House Syed Nayyar Hussain Bokhari, Babar Awan, Prof Khursheed Ahmad, Haji Adeel, Afrasiab Khattak, Tahir Mashhadi, Zafar Ali Shah, Ismail Buledi, Saleem Saifullah Khan, Abdul Rahim Mandokhel and Abdul Haseeb Khan spoke in favour of the bill.
Talking to reporters, Senator Rabbani said the ‘anti-workers’ Industrial Relations Ordinance of 2002 had been imposed by the Musharraf regime to usurp rights.
He said the PPP government had committed to repealing the infamous law and had fulfilled its commitment immediately after coming to power in 2008.
The new law was a manifestation of the government’s commitment towards the rights of workers, he said.
Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan praised all parliamentary groups for their cooperation in passing the bill.
Addressing a news conference, she assured workers that the bill would also be passed by the National Assembly.
The chief of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists and chairman of the All Pakistan Workers’ Action Committee, Parvaiz Shaukat, said the federation was fighting cases of over 1,700 employees of media groups in various labour courts and implementation tribunals.
The minister evaded a question about why the government was not helping implement the 7th Wage Board Award for newspaper workers and announcing the 8th wage board.

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5 thoughts on “Industrial Relations Act IRA 2012 Passed in Senate

  1. Mirza Maqsood

    اس بل میں کءی خامیاں ہیں جنہیں قومی اسمبلی سے پاس کرواتے وقت دور کیا جانا ضروری ہے ۔اس قانون میں ٹرانس پراونس کی اصطلاح استعمال کی جارہی ہے جن کا بظاہر فوکس چند پبلک سیکٹر کے ادارے ہیں لیکن ان نجی اداروں کو نظر انداز کیا جارہا ہے جو قانون کی منظوری کے بعد اپنے پورے ملک میں پھیلے کاروبار کی بنیاد پر ٹریڈ یونین کو ختم کرنے کیلءے اس قانون کا استعمال کریں گے وہ اپنے بنیادی ادارے ،فیکٹری، کی پیداوار کو بیچنے کیلءے قاءم دفاتر کو ٹرانس پراونس کی تشریح میں لاکر این۔آءی۔آر۔سی سے سی۔ بی۔ یو حاصل کریں گے اور پاکٹ یونین تشکیل دیں گے جیسا کہ وہ پہلے سے کررہے ہیں۔
    اس قانون میں ایک بار پھر سیکورٹی اسٹاف کو ٹریڈ یونین سے باہر رکھنے کی کوشش کی جارہی ہے۔
    سب سے بڑھ کر یہ کہ اس قانون کے ذریعے ورکرز ویلفءیر فنڈ اور بڑھاپے کی پنشن کو مرکز کے سپرد کیا جارہا ہے
    گذارش ہے کہ جلد بازی میں قانون سازی نہ کی جاءے
    سولہ مارچ کی تاریخ کو بنیاد بنا کر مزدوروں کو نءی مشکل میں ڈالنے کی بجاءے سہ فریقی پراسس مکمل کیا جاءے

  2. shah Nawaz Bokhari


    “Among other key issues, it deals with formation of trade unions, regulation of relations between employers and workers, and avoidance and settlement of any disputes between them.”
    who is responsible of solving disputes in any organization? and how! what kinds of regulation of relations between employers and workers?

  3. shah Nawaz Bokhari

    In this bill has not mention job security of labors. Therefore, the almost workers are working as contingency or contract basis in the factories/projects departments. The staff of the ministries has regularized but whoever has been working in projects department’s now still daily wages or contract employee. Please look at this side. Who is the responsible of labor rights, who will implement these types of acts?


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