labour law

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labour law

the body of legislation and judicial decisions concerned with INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, TRADE UNIONS and employment. Labour law has two main forms:
  1. individual labour law, relating to the rights and obligations of individual employees.

    From the 1960s onwards the volume of law in this area has grown considerably, partly as a response to European Union legislation. The Employment Act 1975 was particularly important as it established the right not to be unfairly dismissed (see UNFAIR DISMISSAL). Other important legislation in this era proscribed DISCRIMINATION on grounds of race or sex. In the 1980s individual rights were weakened somewhat. For example, the qualifying period for the right not to be unfairly dismissed was extended. However, legislation by the European Union counterbalanced this trend to some extent, and in the 1990s employees' rights in the areas of dismissal, MATERNITY RIGHTS, PARENTAL LEAVE and WORKING TIME were widened and strengthened;

  2. collective labour laws, relating to the activities of TRADE UNIONS and the conduct of INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS and COLLECTIVE BARGAINING. Traditionally, the law has not played an important role in industrial relations, and agreements made between unions and employers are not legally binding (see VOLUNTARISM). However, industrial relations has become increasingly subject to legal intervention in recent years (see JURIDIFICATION). In the 1970s a statutory union recognition procedure was established (subsequently repealed) by the Employment Act 1975. This law also required that employers consult over REDUNDANCIES and pass to unions information relevant to collective bargaining (see DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION). In the 1980s and 1990s the conduct of STRIKES, TRADE UNION IMMUNITIES, SECONDARY ACTION, and the CLOSED SHOP were all the subjects of legislation, much of it aimed at eradicating what the government saw as trade union abuses. Recently a new STATUTORY UNION RECOGNITION PROCEDURE was introduced. Whilst union action continues to be highly regulated, labour law is now seen to be less hostile to unions than it was in the 1980s and 1990s. See MINIMUM WAGE.
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Habibuddin Junaidi said the provincial government of Sindh is seriousness in implementation on Labour Policy.
In pursuance of the labour policy, the edifice will be built upon existing labour laws that have already seen drastic amendments recently.
The policy is rights-based, participatory and inclusive,' said the minister while presenting the Labour Policy 2018 titled 'A Framework of Industrial Relations, Social and Economic Wellbeing of the People of Sindh'.
PPP is only country's political party who safe guards the rights of workers and raised voice for oppressed people at all level even in its tough time of dictatorship rule, Senior Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro said, adding, on 10th February, 1972 , Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto has made 'First Labour Policy' and gave the real protection to the workers, unfortunately it was not continued due to his martyrdom but the present leadership followed his footsteps and philosophy to announced the first-ever Sindh Tripartite Labour Policy 2018 in true letter and spirit sense and declared that it is the only party who fought for the poor masses of the country.
After announcing labour policy, we would go for the necessary legislation to fully implement and follow the policy to further protect the labour rights which had to industrial growth and opportunities of trade and industry, he added.
The minister said improvement in policies is an ongoing process and the provincial government is open to review the current labour policy making it all the more efficient and workable.
He said the committee is discussing the local market regulations as part of its debate on the Ministry of Labour policy.
THE British economy is "is going to get worse not better", Ed Miliband said as he defended his decision to delay setting out detailed Labour policy.
Trade union leaders slammed the labour policy of the Government saying it did not honour the rights of workers enshrined in the constitution.
9 -- The National Trade Union Federation has demanded that the government implement the minimum wage of Rs 7,000 and give a 17 percent raise as per the new labour policy unveiled by Prime Minister Gilani this year.
PESHAWAR, May 28 -- President, Employers Federation of Pakistan (EFP), Haji Muhammad Javed has called for taking both the employers and employees into confidence while framing labour policy and other related laws in the country.
IN response to my letter Patrick Crilly has wrongly assumed that the main benefactors of Labour policy are scroungers and layabouts.