LAHORE - All the labour laws need to be re-examined and re-evaluated to develop synergy among the industrial workers, employers and government for the economic development of the country. This was the upshot of the speeches delivered at 'Tripartite Consultative Workshop on IRO 2008 and Labour Policy' jointly organised by Workers Employers Bilateral Council of Pakistan (WEBCOM) and Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Monday. The Provincial Minister for Labour and Human Resource Ashraf Khan Sohna, LCCI President Mian Muzaffar Ali, Chairman SDC Mian Tajjamal Hussain, LCCI Senior Vice President Tahir Javaid Malik, Labour leader Khurshid Ahmad Khan, Chairman Workers Employers Bilateral Council of Pakistan (WEBCOM) Ihsanullah Khan and head of Punjab chapter of WEBCOM Iftikhar Mehmood Randhawa also spoke on the occasion. The objective of the workshop, which was attended by a large number of employers, employees and government functionaries, was to address the topical issues facing the industrial relation system of Pakistan in view of the huge economic challenges of global nature with adverse fallout on national economy. The workshop focused on developing consensus among the stakeholders to formulate proposals for a forward-looking labour policy to facilitate industrial economic recovery and progress. The speakers were of the view that new labour policy must be fair to all the stakeholders. All the speakers stressed the need for formulation of futuristic legislation keeping in view the day-to-day changes taking place at economic front. Provincial Minister for Labour and Human Resource Ashraf Khan Sohna, who spoke at length on various issues, said that he was for the industry and would leave no stone unturned to solve its problems. He said that the present government was giving top priority to ensure facilities to industrial workers. The Provincial Minister lamented that those who are sitting at the helm of affairs have little understanding to the issues of the labour class and unless a whole new look is not given to the labour-related policies, there is a little chance of any big change as far as enhancement in industrial productivity is concerned. He assured the participants that whatever decisions would be made by this conference, the government would ensure their implementation and would enhance trust between the employers and the employees, which is prerequisite to economic stability. The LCCI President Mian Muzaffar Ali stressed the need for strengthening of system that is a key to improve relations among employers, employees and government. Mian Muzaffar Ali said that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry had already forwarded its recommendations on Industrial Relations Ordinance to the government and hopefully the LCCI suggestions would be given due weightage. The LCCI President said that the business community facing multiple external and internal challenges and the government should come forward to facilitate it because without proper government support, the industrial sector alone cannot cope with the situation. He also urged the provincial minister to take immediate measures to ensure uninterrupted supply of electricity to the industrial sector as the power shortage was spoiling the whole economy. The LCCI Senior Vice President Tahir Javaid Malik said that the new labour policy should not be implemented without proper consultation of employers. Chairman Skill Development Council Mian Tajjamal Hussain said that in new labour policy, the responsibilities of employers, employees and rights of workers must be redefined as in the year 2009, we are talking of an ordinance that was initially prepared in 1969. He hoped that the recommendations to be forwarded to the government would be incorporated in the upcoming labour policy.