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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.


The Whistlers is a platform to report workplace rights violations. An innovative and impartial system which allows individuals to report without endangering their privacy.

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


Violation Maps showcase all user submitted data on various workplace rights violations. 

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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Our Recent articles/Op-Eds, published in leading newspapers

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 Pakistan still lacks compliance to this “outdated” Convention except on the number of...

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Riyasat-e-Madina and workers’ wages

Prime Minister Imran Khan has spoken about the ideal of the Islamic welfare state (Riyasat-e-Madina) in nearly every speech he has made in the last 18 months. While addressing the International Rehmatul-lil-Alameen (PBUH) Conference last month, he reaffirmed his government’s resolve to establish an Islamic welfare state on the model...

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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

Muslim women’s struggle

LAST Sunday, on International Women’s Day, women from various sections of society marched for their rights and freedoms in all important cities of the country.....

Let equality for women unite Pakistan

Women have been struggling for their rights for centuries. Even those established democracies that today stand out as models in practising the concept of equality for women....

A welcome development

The European Commission has extended GSP Plus status for Pakistan till 2022 which would allow duty free access of Pakistani goods, especially textiles, into 27 member countries of the European Union....

Events and Industry/Public Engagements

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