KARACHI - The Labour Courts, governed by the Labour Ministries, should be brought under direct subordination of High Court. The Chief Justice of Sindh High Court, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, expressed these views when he was addressing the concluding ceremony of two-days orientation on Core Labour Standards with Judicial Officers organised by Lawyers for Human Rights and Legal Aid in collaboration with Sindh Judicial Academy. The CJ further said that after IRO-2008, the panel of judges in the Labour Applet Tribunals is awaiting the response of the Sindh Government on this issue. As far as the High Court is aware the issues addressed by the participants like amendments/ enforcements of law-enhancement of labour inspection, upgrading of labour courts, legal aid for workers and comprehensive laws on child labour. The collaboration of Sindh Judicial Academy and Lawyers for Human Rights and Legal Aid (LHRLA) is a good example of coordination and it helped with capacity building of Labor Judiciary. Justice Saleem Akhter, Director General of Sindh Judicial Academy said that such refreshing courses would be beneficial to the judges in better training. The concept of this particular exercise was to strengthen the capability of the Honourable Judges. Immediate action is taken to arrange proper staff in the Courts. We want judges to be independent to build capacity and Sindh Judicial Academy is committed to provide more awareness and capacity building for the development of the judges. This joint venture is an example of success. President of Lawyers for Human Rights and Legal Aid and organiser of this two-day exchange, Zia Awan, elaborated that in civilised countries labour rights were taken seriously into consideration and puts a lot of efforts to develop access to justice. He expressed that the organisation along with Sindh Judicial Academy would organise more orientations with judges, adding that we have already done with lawyers, trade union and other civil society, he added. This training was arranged to linkup the labour judiciary with the ILO Core Labour Standards with government of Pakistan has assigned and ratified and government is under obligations to develop the laws in accordance with ILO Conventions. He also demanded that the NIRC chair and members should be brought under direct judicial control and they should be appointed with the consultation of the justices of the High Court. Dr. Sabur Ghayur, Chairman CLAD, M. Zahoor Awan, Deputy General Secretary of Pakistan Workers Federation, Raja Khalique Ahmed Khan Rtd. Senior Joint Secretary Ministry of Labor Government of Pakistan, Chaudhry Ashraf Advocate and Qamoos Gul Khattak Labor Leader were also present. Twelve Judges including 7 session judges and 5 Labour Court Judges from Larkana, Karachi, Hyderabad and Sukkur also attended the event.