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ILO ropes tripartite talks on draft labour laws in Balochistan

QUETTA: The International Labour Organization (ILO) is supporting the Government of Balochistan to enact a number of labour laws.  
The Government is making efforts to formulate or strengthen the legislation particularly in the areas of child labour, freedom of association and collective bargaining, and setting of minimum wages, through the review and reform of various labour laws, which in turn will strengthen the application of international labour standards (ILS), said a statement issued by ILO on Friday.
Three days of technical consultations took place in Quetta, followed by a special meeting of the Provincial Tripartite Consultation Committee (PTCC). Labour welfare and law department officials participated in the technical discussions with the purpose of ensuring application of fundamental labour rights of workers in line with ratified ILO Conventions. 
ILO team comprising Miranda Fajerman ILO ILS Specialist and Mr. Abid Niaz Khan, National Project Coordinator for the GSP+ Project) provided technical advice to the consultations. The Balochistan Industrial Relations Act (BIRA), Minimum Wages Bill, Payment of Wages Bill and Prohibition of Employment of Children Bill were reviewed in light of current practices, challenges, ILS, and observations of ILO supervisory bodies.
These technical discussions build on position papers produced earlier on provincial labour laws by the social partners and also the outcomes of tripartite consultations in Islamabad and Karachi, which looked at provincial legislation in the post devolution scenario.-NNI