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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.

Mian Iftikhar Ahmad

Mian 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 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 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. He is currently working on Labour Rights Index, the first de jure index comparing labour legislation on 46 evaluation criteria for 111 countries.

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

Director Communication & Outreach

“A seasoned marketing professional, Athar Jameel works as Director of Communication & Outreach 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.”

Shanza Sohail

Shanza Sohail

Senior Research Associate

Shanza Sohail is a Research Associate with an MPhil in Development Studies from PIDE and a Bachelors in Economics from Quaid-i-Azam University. She has previously worked in the nonprofit sector as a Content Writer and has experience in social media management. Shanza is involved in comparative labour law research at CLR.

Ayesha Kiran

Ayesha Kiran

Research Associate

Ayesha Kiran is a Research Associate with MS Economics from National University of Science and Technology. She has previous work experience as a business entrepreneur. At CLR, Ayesha works on Decent Work Checks, Minimum Wage Database, and Workplace Rights Violation Database.

Seemab Haider

Seemab Haider

Admin Officer / Web Manager

Seemab Haider has done undergrad in software engineering from Foundation University. He works with CLR as Web Manager and  Admin Officer, he also works on graphic design. He has been developing Labour Law Maps, comparing more than 150 countries.

 

Shadab Haider Lodhi

Shadab Haider Lodhi

Research Associate

Shadab Haider Lodhi is a Research Associate at CLR. He has done MPhil in American Studies and MSc in History from Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad. His work at CLR involves comparative research on labour law and Gig economy.

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