IRO-2011 Expires : Labour Unions, NIRC will become dysfunctional on March 15, 2012
– Labourers panic as Industrial Relations Ordinance 2011 expires next month
– NIRC and ITNE will also go dysfunctional
ISLAMABAD (February 26, 2012) : Labour unions across the country, including around 300 unions in the federal capital, will become void once the Industrial Relations Ordinance 2011 ends on March 15.
Daily Times has learnt that the ordinance’s expiry will make it difficult for labourers to defend
The expiry will not only affect labour unions but also labour courts where labourers file their complaints.
With the ending of the ordinance, the National Industrial Relations Commission (NIRC) and Implementation Tribunal for Newspaper Employees (ITNE) will also become dysfunctional because of which laborers across the country would find no place to record their complaints.
Its ending will restrict the process of labour union registrations as the registrar can only register the union after checking and verifying necessary documentation.
In July 2011, President Asif Ali Zardari promulgated the ordinance [for 120 days] on the advice of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in view of the legal vacuum created due to deletion of the Concurrent Legislative List through the 18th Amendment.
President Zardari cannot extend or promulgate the ordinance for the third time, however parliament could introduce the legislation.
Sources say that a number of trade and industrial unions have recently held meetings and have formulated an All-Pakistan Labour Unions Action Committee, which will give the call for protests outside the Parliament House on February 29.
He demanded the government give the particular act a constitutional shape to protect the rights of labourers and labour unions otherwise, the protest campaign would spread throughout the country.
(Published in DailyTimes on February 27, 2012)