IFJ Welcomes Pakistan’s New Industrial Relations Act


The International Federation of Journalists

(IFJ) joins its affiliate the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) in

welcoming the passing of the Industrial

Relations Act (IRA) 2012 unanimously by the Pakistan Senate.


The bill, which was moved by Senator Raza

Rabbani, will ensure protection of labourers' rights and addresses the formation

of trade unions, regulation of relations between employers and workers, and

avoidance and settlement of employer-employee disputes.


In a statement, PFUJ President and Chairman of

the All Pakistan Workers' Action Committee, Pervaiz Shaukat, congratulated the

workers of the country for this great achievement. He said workers formed the

backbone of any nation and therefore the government should ensure that their

rights are not compromised.


Shaukat further urged the government to pass

the bill in the National Assembly on March 12, thus making it law.


The PFUJ are currently fighting cases of over

1,700 employees of media groups in vairous labour courts and implementation



If the bill becomes law it will provide legal recognition

to over 400 unions and 70 associations registered in trans-provincial and

federal institutions, after responsibility for labour-related issues were

devolved to the provinces under the 18th Amendment of the Pakistan Constitution.


“The struggle for journalists’ working rights

and press freedom are inextricably linked,” IFJ Asia-Pacific

Director Jacqueline Park said.


“The achievement of true press freedom in Pakistan

and elsewhere depends on journalists enjoying the decent working conditions and

fair pay that underpin a quality media. The introduction of the new Industrial Relations Act will be a big

step forward for the protection of the working rights of journalists. The

efforts of the PFUJ and its members in this milestone cannot be understated."


Update: The bill passed unanimously through the National Assembly and President

Asif Ali Zardari, as advised by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, has assented

to and signed the Industrial Relations

Bill (2012) which has now been enacted as a law.

For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0950



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