The Labour & Human Resource Department in Punjab operates under the rules established by the Punjab Government in 1974.
Their main goal is to ensure the well-being and protect the rights of workers and laborers.
The department focuses on several key areas:
Safeguarding the rights of workers and the labor force.
Fostering good relationships between labor and management for economic and social development.
Emphasizing the importance of housing, health, safety, and protection for workers to enhance their dedication to work.
Preventing child and bonded labor, in line with national and international standards.
The department includes several branches:
The main office or Secretariat.
The Directorate General of Labour Welfare, which looks after workers’ welfare.
The Punjab Employees Social Security Institution, providing social security to employees.
The Punjab Workers Welfare Board, focusing on workers’ welfare.
The Minimum Wages Board, which sets minimum wages.
Labour Courts, which handle labor-related legal issues.
Recognizing the expanding labor force in Pakistan, the Punjab Government identified the necessity for a dedicated department to ensure the well-being of workers. This department was envisioned to focus on the prosperity of the workforce by enforcing labor laws in Punjab. It was also tasked with the promotion of welfare and protection of workers’ rights, through the strict implementation of these laws and government policies. Consequently, this led to the establishment of the Labour & Human Resource Department Punjab in 1974.
The Labour & Human Resource Department Punjab has several key responsibilities:
Ensuring Industrial Peace: The department works to maintain peace and harmony in Punjab’s industrial sector.
Resolving Industrial Disputes: This involves conciliation, arbitration, and legal decision-making to settle industrial disagreements.
Collaboration with Local Boards: The department coordinates with District Labour and Human Resource Boards to spread labor market information and implement government policies.
Adjudicating Compensation Claims: It handles cases involving compensation and unpaid wages.
Managing Trade Union Affairs: This includes the registration and de-registration of trade unions and federations, overseeing their elections, and auditing their finances.
Enforcing Labor Welfare Laws: The department ensures that labor welfare laws are followed in various sectors, including factories, transport, and commercial establishments.
Child Labour Elimination: It implements policies and programs aimed at gradually eradicating child labor.
Combating Child and Bonded Labour: The department coordinates efforts against child and bonded labor issues.
Registration of Workplaces: This covers the registration and de-registration of factories, shops, and commercial establishments.
Providing Training: The department offers training in industrial relations, administration, and financial management to its staff, trade unionists, and management representatives.
Improving Workplace Safety: It provides training, information, and advice to industries to enhance safety, health, and working conditions.
Welfare Grants and Scholarships: The department distributes marriage grants, scholarships, funeral grants, and manages the distribution of education cess.
Housing for Workers: It manages the allotment of plots and estate management in labor colonies.
Promoting Employment: The department gathers and shares labor market information and assists defense forces by providing data on skilled personnel.