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.

2015

  1. Any reform and integration must be beneficial to all

    31 July 2015,

    ILO Country Director Gyorgy Sziraczki shares his views on key labour and employment issues in Viet Nam in the past few years and looks ahead to the country’s near future.

  2. Most Vietnamese wage earners are young, dynamic and mobile

    21 July 2015,

    Young and dynamic women and men make up the biggest group among Viet Nam’s wage workers, who are willing to migrate within the country to find work, shows a new policy brief issued by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

  3. Growth continues for Cambodia's garment and footwear sector

    16 July 2015, Cambodia

    the ILO’s new Bulletin on Cambodia’s garment and footwear sector launched on 16 July 2015 in Phnom Penh.

  4. Thai rock stars song against child labour reaches one million hits

    13 July 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

    The anti-child labour song recorded by two of Thailand’s rock music icons has reached a million hits on social media within less than one month of being released.

  5. ILO and Government of Pakistan sign Letter of Understanding to Support the PPP on Labour Law Compliance in the Textile Sector in Faisalabad

    09 July 2015, Lahore

    The Government of Pakistan has committed to facilitating an enabling environment for the private sector to comply with international labour standards and labour laws in Pakistan. This was during the signing of the Letter of Understanding to support the Public Private Partnership on Labour Law Compliance in the Textile Sector in Faisalabad targeting 210 industrial units over the next three years.

  6. ILO and Government of Pakistan sign Letter of Understanding to Support the Public Private Partnership on Labour Law Compliance in the Textile Sector in Faisalabad.

    09 July 2015, Lahore

    The Government of Pakistan has committed to facilitating an enabling environment for the private sector to comply with international labour standards and labour laws in Pakistan. This was during the signing of the Letter of Understanding to support the Public Private Partnership on Labour Law Compliance in the Textile Sector in Faisalabad targeting 210 industrial units over the next three years.

  7. ILO and Government of Pakistan sign Letter of Understanding to Support the Public Private Partnership on Labour Law Compliance in the Textile Sector in Faisalabad

    09 July 2015, Lahore

    The Government of Pakistan has committed to facilitating an enabling environment for the private sector to comply with international labour standards and labour laws in Pakistan. This was during the signing of the Letter of Understanding to support the Public Private Partnership on Labour Law Compliance in the Textile Sector in Faisalabad targeting 210 industrial units over the next three years.

  8. Strengthen competitiveness and productivity through decent work, says new ILO Report

    09 July 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Trends in 2015 point to a further slowdown of the economy, however, labour market indicators show that employment has continued to expand in 2015 and that unemployment rate has remained low, at 5.8 per cent in February 2015. In order to maintain these trends, it will be key for Indonesia to put in place strategies to strengthen its competitiveness and productivity, says the ILO latest report launched in Jakarta on Thursday, 9 July 2015.

  9. ILO to publish annual report on labour and social trends in Indonesia

    03 July 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) is to launch its annual report “Labour and Social Trends in Indonesia 2014-2015: Strengthening competitiveness and productivity through decent work” in Jakarta on Thursday, the 9th of July, 2015.

  10. Women's labour market participation key for economic and business growth in Asia-Pacific says new report

    03 July 2015, BANGKOK

    Ways of maximising the use of female talent in the Asia Pacific workforce were examined at an international conference in Singapore on 3 July 2015.

  11. Soccer Ball Industry Model replicable for child labour elimination in GSP+ business environment

    30 June 2015, Lahore

    Over 50 representatives from Government, Workers, Employers and economic sectors endorsed the Sialkot Soccer Ball Industry Model as a way forward for other industries to do business in the current GSP+ environment. This was during the final World Day Against Child Labour commemorative event convened by the Employers Federation of Pakistan (EFP) in Lahore.

  12. National RMG factory inspection initiative hits 1,000 mark

    24 June 2015, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    DHAKA - Government efforts to inspect ready-made garment factories for structural, fire and electrical safety have reached the 1,000 factory mark.

  13. Third Buyers Meeting on the Textile Sector in Pakistan

    23 June 2015, Lahore

    The third Buyers Forum in Pakistan convened with a total of 19 international brand representatives on 23rd June 2015. The Buyers reaffirmed their commitment to better labour and environmental practices in the textile sector. The buyers also agreed to support three key areas i.e. strengthening labour inspection regime, addressing issues of contractual employment and supporting smaller manufacturers to improve international labour standards compliance.

  14. Promoting Decent Work for Homeworkers in Indonesia: Homeworkers are workers!

    17 June 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Home work is not a new phenomenon in Indonesia and although national statistics on the prevalence of home work do not exist, a number of focused studies in East Java reveal that significant numbers of women and men are engaged in this type of work. The term ‘homeworker’ is used to refer to industrial outworkers who carry out paid work from their home, for firms/business or their intermediaries, typically on a piece-rate basis.

  15. The United Nations in Pakistan convene a National Consultation on Youth Employment

    17 June 2015, Islamabad

    ILO and UNDP Pakistan convened a national consultation to discuss the current issues and constraints faced by youth in getting decent employment in Pakistan. The consultation was held under the auspices of the 2015 National Human Development Report for Pakistan which has three concurrent themes on Education, Employment and Engagement. With 64% of Pakistan’s population under the age bracket of 29 years, youth will be a critical force for shaping human development in the Pakistan.

  16. ILO – Kampung Halaman Foundation to launch a series of videos and photos on domestic workers by Indonesian youth in Makasssar

    16 June 2015, Makasssar, Indonesia

    To promote the rights of domestic workers, the ILO in collaboration with Kampung Halaman Foundation (YKH), will launch a series of video diaries and photo stories titled “Fom Youth to Youth: Nine Stories of Our Friendship with Domestic Workers” on Tuesday, 16 June 2015, at Panakukkang XXI, Panakukkang Mall, Makassar. These video diaries and photo stories are part the campaign to promote decent work for domestic workers and elimination of child domestic labour.

  17. ILO Pacific Office and UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office Celebrate Anniversary of the Adoption of the Domestic Workers Convention

    16 June 2015, Suva, Fiji

    Today marks the fourth anniversary of the adoption of the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189) and Recommendation No. 201. These new standards, adopted in June 2011, are a strong recognition of the economic and social value of domestic work and a call for action to address the existing exclusions of domestic workers from labour and social protection.

  18. ILO Governing Body elects Misako Kaji as new chairperson

    13 June 2015,

    Misako Kaji, Permanent Representative of Japan to the International Organizations in Geneva will head the International Labour Organization’s executive body for the period 2015-2016.

  19. Word Day Against Child Labour: “No to child labour, Yes to quality education”

    12 June 2015, Yangon/ Myanmar.

    The second year celebration of World Day Against Child Labour in Myanmar was held in Yangon at the Summit Parkview Hotel on June 12 organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO) Myanmar Programme on the elimination of child labour (MyPEC) in collaboration with Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security (MOLES) with the participation of Ministry of Education, Ministry of Science and Technology, Workers and Employers Organization, UNICEF, World Vision and Child Focus Network. Embassies, national and international development partners, and others civil society organizations and private businesses were also present.

  20. ILO – Kampung Halaman Foundation to Launch a Series of Videos and Photos on Domestic Workers by Indonesian Youth

    12 June 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Domestic workers represent the single largest group of female salaried workers contributing to the households of others in their own country or abroad. Despite of the importance of the role of domestic workers, domestic work is still not recognized as work. Since their work is done in private households, which are not considered work places in many countries, their employment relationship is not addressed in national labour laws or other legislation, denying them recognition as workers entitled to labour protection.

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