Pakistan 9th largest country in terms of labor force

Pakistan being the 9th largest country in terms of labor force size with a total labor force of almost 55 million need to ensure decent work and proper working environment for all its workers, said Francesco d Ovidio, the ILO Country Director for Pakistan on Thursday . According to an ILO communication of Memorandum Understanding on the second Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP II) sponsored by ILO – Pakistan, Ovido said there was also an urgent need to promote social justice through decent work.
The ILO director appreciated that through the MoU and the government organizations of employers and workers have reaffirmed their commitment to promote the cause of social justice. The ceremony among others was also attended by government representatives and representatives of the Employers’ Federation of Pakistan and Pakistan Workers’ Federation. The DWCP II outlines key areas of ILO assistance to the tripartite constituents: federal and provincial governments, employers’ and workers’ organization over a six year period. ILO representative to Pakistan also emphasized the need to align the labor legislation with the ratified International labor standards. He said ambiguities between the federal and provincial labor legislation were also needed to be removed besides overcoming the existence of weak to negligible labor regulation.

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