A Comparison of Major Political Parties’ Position on Labour Issues

In 1997, 2002, 2008 and 2013 Election Manifestos


Publication No: PD-325

Rs 3,000  

The Labour sector in Pakistan is beset with gigantic challenges. Structural flaws in the social, political and economic systems of the country continue to exclude a large majority of workers from attaining their fundamental rights through a host of barriers. It is in this backdrop that the Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency-PILDAT as a part of its efforts to promote and protect the rights of workers as well as to contribute to a more informed debate on the position taken by the major political parties in the country on labour issues in their Election Manifestos of 1997, 2002, 2008 and 2013, has prepared this comparative matrix. The matrix, which is an update of a similar document produced by PILDAT in 2008, presents a succinct comparison of the positions related to labour issue in the Election Manifestos of 1997, 2002, 2008 and 2013 of the six (6) major political parties-the Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians-PPPP, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz-PML-N, Pakistan Muslim League-PML, Muttahidda Qaumi Movement-MQM, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-PTI and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazul Rehman- JUI-F. PILDAT hopes that this study outlining the key areas of support by each of the six (6) major political parties on labour related issues will help to facilitate workers in general and their organizations in particular in better understanding the position of Political parties and to work for the adaptation of more worker-friendly manifestos by the political parties for the general elections scheduled for May 11, 2013.