Press releases

This is a list of official ILO press releases issued by the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. Some are available in multiple languages, indicated on the top of each release. The most recent release is at the top.


  1. Employment injury insurance to benefit workers and employers alike in the RMG sector

    24 January 2015, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    DHAKA – Bangladesh’s workforce and industry alike would benefit from the establishment of an employment injury insurance (EII) scheme according to specialists of the International Labour Organization (ILO)

  2. Training on International Labour Standards Reporting

    22 January 2015, Islamabad

    A three days training on reporting on International Labour Standards is being attended by more than 37 officials from Federal Ministry of Overseas Pakistani and Human Resource Development, Provincial Departments of Labour and the representatives from Employers Federation of Pakistan and Pakistan Workers Federation are participating in the training.

  3. First Agriculture and Fishing Workers’ Trade Union in Pakistan registered in Karachi

    21 January 2015, Karachi

    The first ever trade union for Agriculture and Fishing Workers’ in Pakistan has been registered in Karachi. The Sindh Agriculture and Fishing Workers Union (SAFWU) was registered with the office of the Registrar Trade Unions, Karachi under the provisions of Sindh Industrial Relations Act, 2013.

  4. First Domestic Workers’ Trade Union registered in Pakistan

    16 January 2015, Islamabad

    Enhancing rights at work. The first ever trade union for domestic workers in Pakistan has been registered in Lahore by the Department of Labour Punjab, under the Industrial Relations Act 2010. This marks an important step in recognising and expanding legal coverage to vulnerable workers in the informal economy.

  5. ILO calls on global garment buyers to help absorb Cambodia's new minimum wage

    01 January 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

    The new wage, which came into effect today (January 1), will raise factory owners' labour costs by nearly 20 per cent while their margins are shrinking.


  1. Launch of the International labour migration statistics database for ASEAN

    18 December 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

    The ILMS Database is the first of its kind in the region. It provides a coherent and powerful research tool for policymakers and others to profile and monitor the international migrant labour force within the region.

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    Global Migration Group releases new book on youth and migration

    17 December 2014,

    Migration and Youth: Challenges and Opportunities offers unprecedented overview of how youth are affected by migration and agenda to achieve triple win.

  3. Buyers Forum Established

    16 December 2014, Islamabad

    The two days buyers meeting organised by the joint collaboration of the Government of Netherlands, International Finance Corporation and the International Labour Organisation to Promote Decent Work for the Sustainability of Textile and Garment Sector in Pakistan concluded with the establishment of a Buyers Forum for Pakistan. With an initial membership of 17 brands, this forum is expected to be extended to other major international brands. This initiative will support enhancing access to global markets and increased market share. Furthermore it aimed at promoting advocacy on the nexus between trade and employment and in particular compliance to ILS leading to the realisation of the full benefits of GSP Plus status

  4. Promoting Decent Work for a Sustainable Textile and Garment Industry in Pakistan

    16 December 2014, Islamabad

    The ILO, the Government of the Netherlands and the International Finance Corporation, in collaboration with the Government of Pakistan, are working together to support international standards and practices in Pakistan’s textile and garment sector, by organizing the first Buyers’ Meeting in Islamabad.

  5. Tackling Poverty through Decent Work: Launch of the First Decent Work Country Profile for Pakistan

    15 December 2014, Islamabad

    On 15th December 2014, the Ministry of Overseas Pakistani’s and Human Resource Development (OP-HRD) in collaboration with the Employers Federation of Pakistan (EFP) and Pakistan Workers Federation (PWFF) and the ILO launched the country’s first Decent Work Country Profile which provides a comprehensive analysis on the status of decent work and gaps to be addressed . The profile covers the data period 2002-2013.

  6. Trade unions to promote decent work for domestic workers and elimination of child domestic labor

    15 December 2014, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

    Key trade unions representatives from 11 countries will gather at the Regional Trade Union Workshop in Yogyakarta, to discuss innovative ways to reduce child domestic labor through the promotion of decent work for domestic workers.

  7. Decent work high on ILO Director-General’s agenda in Timor-Leste

    15 December 2014, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Guy Ryder to address major decent work issues in meetings with employers, workers and government during a 3-day visit

  8. ILO Director-General to visit Decent Work project and meet villagers in Kupang, Indonesia

    13 December 2014, Jakarta, Indonesia

    During his one-day visit, Guy Ryder will talk to rural villagers about their livelihoods and discuss labour issues with local government, employers, and workers representatives in NTT Province.

  9. Seoul Declaration bolsters commitment to expanding social protection and social dialogue

    12 December 2014,

    Key actors from around the globe pledge to promote social protection floors through social dialogue.

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    ILO initial estimates reveal 800,000 workers affected by Hagupit; stands ready to assist through emergency employment

    10 December 2014, Manila, Philippines

    The ILO estimates 800,000 workers have been affected by Typhoon Hagupit, locally known as Ruby, with their source of livelihood damaged or disrupted overnight. In response, the ILO stands ready to allocate US$1.5 million and to support the government through emergency employment and sustainable livelihood.

  11. Decent work high on ILO Director-General’s agenda in Indonesia

    10 December 2014, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Guy Ryder to address major job issues in meetings with employer, worker and government stakeholders during a 3-day visit

  12. Media Advisory - The ILO Director General to Meet with Vice Prime Minister and Key Labour Actors in Timor-Leste

    09 December 2014, Dili, Timor-Leste

    The Director General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Mr Guy Ryder, will visit Timor-Leste from 14 to 16 December 2014. This visit marks the first time that a Director General of the ILO will visit the country.

  13. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina officially opens Center of Excellence for Bangladesh Apparel Industries

    07 December 2014, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    DHAKA – H.E. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh officially opened the Centre of Excellence for the Bangladesh Apparel Industries (CEBAI) during a ceremony held at the Dhaka Apparel Summit at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, Dhaka today.

  14. Innovative Career Guidance to connect the dots for better jobs for young people

    06 December 2014,

    An Innovative Career Guidance Package tailor-made for Viet Nam has been introduced in a hope to help young people make the right choices for their own future.

  15. Asia-Pacific wage growth dynamic but uneven, new ILO report says

    05 December 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

    The Asia and Pacific Supplement looks at the region in more detail. It includes special sections on Asia’s garment sector, China’s private enterprises, Thailand’s manufacturing sector, India’s rural workers and the Pacific Island countries.

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