TRADE UNIONISM AND LOCUS STANDI OF TRADE UNION FOR THE ESPOUSAL OF LABOUR DISPUTES IN PAKISTAN

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Iftikhar Ahmad Tarar

Abstract

Despite constitutional guarantees and express pledges to the international covenants, the freedom of association has been subject to array of sanctions and impediments in Pakistan and the bargaining infrastructure has never been up to the global standard. The road to the extant trade unionism in Pakistan has been long and convoluted. In this respect, perhaps, the starting point is the promulgation of the Trade Union Act, 1926, a pre-partition piece of legislation.  This article is an endeavour to present evidence, principally, from the primary sources and judicial paradigms to demonstrate the fact that parliamentary assertions have been one of the main stumbling blocks in up scaling the role of unions in Pakistan. Key Words: Trade Unionism, Locus Standi, Espousal, Freedom of Association

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