Employers Federation of Pakistan website launched
Decades-old labour laws, including the Factory Act, needed to be reviewed to bring them in line with modern day requirements, Secretary of Sindh Labour Department Arif Elahi said on Wednesday. Speaking as the chief guest at a function marking the launch of the Employers Federation of Pakistan’s (EFP) website, he said there should also be focus on human resource management.
The secretary observed that greater co-ordination between federal and provincial governments, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the private sector could help the process achieve the required results. He urged employers to retain workers who had been provided technical education so that the purpose of vocational training could yield better results.
Earlier, he inaugurated the EFP website. At the discussion session, participants said no efforts should be made for workers’ uplift or technical education, unless the government legitimised private sector’s initiatives. They observed that because of the lack of government support, skill development programmes by employers always remained fruitless. The participants also emphasised upon the inclusion of trade union representatives in the policy-making process.
They said that the government should carry out legislations to help the private sector undertake a reform programmes and employers should avoid relying on foreign donors. National Deputy Co-ordinator TVET RSP Raja Saad Khan informed the participants about the objectives of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Reform Support Programme (RSP).
He said that although 950,000 people entered the domestic labour market every year, there was a dearth of skilled manpower to meet the industry’s demands. He said that the women participation in the labour market was almost non-existent. He said only 3,000 entrants received technical training every year at 1,500 schools in the country.