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Coronavirus (COVID-19) has also led to a labour market crisis in Pakistan. Services sector is the hardest hit sector, especially tourism and hospitality, education and transport sectors. Daily wage, piece rated workers as well as self-employed workers are the worst affected. Government of Pakistan needs to take certain actions to limit the negative impact of COVID-19 on labour market by protecting the already vulnerable, i.e., elderly, women, persons with disabilities and daily wagers.


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Centre For Labour Research is a volunteer based initiative working towards the eradication of workplace rights violations and striving for safer workplaces in Pakistan.


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The areas include Sexual Harassment, Employment Discrimination, Child Labour / Bonded Labour, Trade Union Rights (Freedom of Association), Occupational Accidents, and Working Conditions.


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Addressing the labour market crisis

As of April 15, the Covid-19 pandemic has infected almost 2,000,984 people in 185 countries, resulting in more than 128,000 deaths. Pakistan had its first two confirmed cases on February 26. By April 15, the number of confirmed cases had crossed 6,000 and 107 deaths had been reported.

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Maternity protection in Pakistan

More than 100 years ago, the International Labor Organization adopted the Maternity Protection Convention 1919 (No 3) suggesting 12 weeks of paid maternity leave, free healthcare during and after pregnancy, protection from dismissals and periodic nursing breaks. Pakistan still lacks compliance to this “outdated” Convention except on the number of...

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Pakistan's rank on Global Gender Gap Index 2020

CLR reports on the state of labour rights in the country

“While no proof exists, anecdotal evidence suggests that GSP+ has been an important incentive for all actors to further promote compliance with ILO standards.” This was a key statement in the EU’s 2016 assessment of implementation of core labour standards in Pakistan after grant of GSP+ status. Pakistan was granted GSP+ status by the European Union in December 2013, thus applicable from January 2014 onward. It has been five years, nearly half a decade, and it is imperative to assess the implementation of core labour standards in the country through empirical evidence instead of merely using qualitative opinions and anecdotal evidence.

Workplace issues - Latest coverage in media

Poor workers left in the lurch by multi-billionaire industrialists

Like most countries of the world, Pakistan is also in a state of lockdown due to coronavirus pandemic. Social distancing,...

Covid-19 mitigation strategy proposes subsidies, economic stimulus package

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s strategy for mitigating the impact of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) on its economy and job market has proposed ...

Managing Ehsaas relief programme

The government must be congratulated for successfully rolling out the Rs144 billion Ehsaas Emergency Relief Program and beginning the process of providing ...

Events and Industry/Public Engagements