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Parliamentary questions
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13 December 2018
Question for written answer E-006286-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Marlene Mizzi (S&D)

 Subject:  Women's rights in the Pakistani textile industry
 Answer in writing 

The International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) 1949 Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention (No 98) was ratified by Pakistan in 1952, in compliance with prerequisites for GSP+. The Commission is responsible for monitoring violations of this Convention.

The rights to freedom of association, to work without discrimination, and to collective bargaining are enshrined in ILO Conventions. An ILO Normlex Committee has expressed ‘deep concerns’ about waiting 14 years for a response to its request for information on the anti-union discrimination taking place in the banking sector. Furthermore, collective bargaining rights have been questioned under Article 4, in relation to the law of Pakistan, which requires a percentage of workers to be designated to the collective bargaining agent, thus excluding unions with a lower percentage of members.

In view of this,

1. Could the Commission clarify the timeframe it is willing to give Pakistan to ‘effectively implement’ its numerous labour rights failings?

2. Can it confirm what action it is taking to ensure the Government of Pakistan ensures that all trade unions, of any size, are not undermined by the existence of other workers’ representatives?

3. Could it outline what measures are being taken when the provincial governments do not comply with the Labour Conventions?

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