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Enlisted below are the prime functions of the department:

  • Maintenance of industrial peace and harmony in the province of Punjab
  • Settlement of industrial disputes through the process of conciliation, arbitration and adjudication
  • Coordination with District Labour and Human Resource Boards, dissemination of labour market information and implementation of government policies in this regard
  • Adjudication of claims of compensation and cases for non-payment of wages
  • Registration and de-registration of trade unions / federations
  • Conducting referendums for determination of Collective Bargaining Agents and supervision of election proceedings of trade unions and federations
  • Audit and scrutiny of the annual returns / funds of trade unions and federations
  • Enforcement of labour welfare laws on factories, transport, railway, shops, commercial and industrial establishments
  • Implementation of government policies and programmes for the gradual elimination of child labour
  • Coordination of government efforts combating the issue of Child Labour and Bonded Labour
  • Registration and de-registration of factories, shops and commercial establishments
  • Training in various disciplines of industrial relation, administration and financial management to the departmental functionaries, trade unionists and management representatives at Industrial Relations Institute
  • Provision of training, information and advisory services to the industry for improvement of safety, health and working environment of working conditions and environments
  • Distribution of marriage grants, talent scholarships, funeral grants, management and distribution of education cess
  • Allotments of plots and estate management of labour colonies
  • Promotion of employment opportunities, collection and dissemination of labour market information and assistance to the defense forces by provision of data on skilled personnel