A Comparison of Major Political Parties’s Position on Labour Issues In 1997 and 2002 Election Manifestoes


Publication No: MPP-PE-2007

Rs 6,000  

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 positions taken by the major political parties in the country on labour issues in their Election Manifestoes of 1997 and 2002, has prepared this comparative matrix. The matrix presents a succinct comparison of the positions related to labour issues in the Election Manifestoes of 1997and 2002 of the five major political parties-the Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarian, PPPP; the Pakistan Muslim League-PML-N; the Pakistan Muslim League-PML-Q; the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-MQM; and the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal – MMA. PILDAT hopes that this study outlining the key areas of support by each of the five major parties on labour related issues will help to facilitate workers in general and Pakistan Workers Federation in particular in better understanding the position of Political Parties and to work for the adoption of more worker friendly manifestos by the political parties for the upcoming general election likely to be held in January 2008.