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The Centre for Labour Research promotes awareness on fundamental labour rights, as guaranteed under the Constitution of Pakistan 1973 and various international human rights treaties that the State has signed or ratified over the years. The Centre’s work guides all the stakeholders, i.e., workers especially youth, employers, government and international organizations, in navigating the local labour market in legal and statistical contexts. The Centre engages in research on contemporary labour issues and generates innovative ideas to deal with the labour rights malaise.

Our Vision is for a society where all types of labour is equitably rewarded and where people are aware of their employment rights.

Our Mission is to produce objective research that can help reform the employment legislation regime in the country. While pursuing these reforms, we strive to provide information to the masses and raise their awareness about workplace rights.

Iftikhar Ahmad

Iftikhar Ahmad

Founder/Comparative Labour Law Expert

Iftikhar Ahmad is a Fulbright scholar, a comparative labour law expert, and a graduate of Industrial and Labour Relations School, Cornell University, USA. He is a strong advocate of crowdsourcing of implementation data for employment and labour legislation, thus allowing people to play their part in highlighting workplace rights violations. Citizen generated data on workplace compliance is quite relevant for the achievement of SDG-8, especially in environments where labour inspection systems face both financial and human capacity constraints.

Iftikhar is a member of the Labour Expert Group (under Ehsaas Program), constituted on the advice of the Prime Minister of Pakistan to recommend reforms for extension of social protection to the informal economy workers.

Iftikhar works with WageIndicator Foundation as Global Labour Law Specialist. He has worked with the Government of Pakistan (Ministry of OP&HRD) as an adviser on the labour market and legislative reform issues. His work with the Ministry of OP&HRD has provided the foundation in crafting of National Labour Protection Framework. He has worked in the government sector on areas related to the human capital formation (Planning Commission of Pakistan, Ministry of Labour (now OP&HRD), National Vocational and Technical Training Commission, and SAFRON – Ministry for tribal areas).

Iftikhar comes with a background in Economics and Labour Relations with a strong focus on labour protections (safe workplaces, freedom from discrimination and harassment at work, freedom from the child and bonded labour, employment protection and social protection for all). During his work at WageIndicator, he has experienced the challenges of navigating through different labour law regimes and how labour rights are protected under different legal systems.

He writes on labour issues and has published widely in the prominent English dailies. His work with WageIndicator compares labour laws of 152 countries on various labour law indicators. During 2013-18, more than 100 million users worldwide used his work on national labour laws to know about their statutory workplace rights.

Sidra Nizamuddin

Sidra Nizamuddin

Chief Data Officer/Co-founder

A Georgia Tech graduate in Computational Finance, Sidra Nizamuddin is the Co-founder of the Centre for Labour Research.

An undergrad Economics course instructor, with her academics grounded in statistical methods and techniques, she is passionate about social problem solving through data analysis. And that is precisely what drove her interest to co-found the Centre alongside Iftikhar Ahmad.

She is a strong proponent of social justice and believes that CLR has the potential to achieve a lot in that regard. Her work at CLR involves data-based report writing and analysis, labour rights advocacy on behalf of CLR and carrying out collaborations with other organizations. She is also responsible for guiding the strategy and growth of the Centre using the right tools, in the right direction.

Athar Jameel

Athar Jameel

Chief Engagement Officer

“A seasoned marketing professional, Athar Jameel works as Chief Engagement Officer with the Centre for Labour Research. His work includes developing synergies between the work of CLR and other civil society organization, multilateral institutions and various public sector entities.”

Be a Whistler

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you” (Maya Angelou). Do you want to come forward and change workplace culture in Pakistan by breaking the silence on various labour rights abuses you have either endured yourself or witnessed? Be a Whistler!

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