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. Rana Plaza commemoration highlights progress made and challenges ahead in Bangladesh ready-made garment sector

    23 April 2015, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    Speakers at a commemoration event to mark the second Rana Plaza anniversary recognised the progress made towards creating a safer ready-made garment (RMG) sector for Bangladesh while stressing the need for further improvements to working conditions and worker rights in the industry.

  2. Stora Enso and ILO sign unique partnership to promote decent work and combat child labour

    22 April 2015,

  3. ILO calls for greater social dialogue in Bangladesh RMG sector

    21 April 2015, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) has called for greater social dialogue among representatives of government, employers and workers within the Bangladesh ready-made garment sector, highlighting the gains this would bring.

  4. Strong communications can boost activities in Asia-Pacific, unions say

    20 April 2015, Bangkok

  5. Provincial assembly Khyber Pakhtunkhwa unanimously passes Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act 2015

    13 April 2015, Islamabad

    Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act 2015 was passed unanimously by the provincial assembly on 6th of April 2015. This new Act has 28 articles which provide for the prohibition of the slavery and debt bondage and regulates matters leading to debt bondage of workers. Once assented to by the Governor KP, the Act will be applicable throughout the province of KP.

  6. “No One Should Work This Way” – FCC exhibition of Steve McCurry photos to highlight domestic worker abuse

    09 April 2015, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Photos of abused domestic workers, taken by the renowned photographer Steve McCurry, will be exhibited at the Foreign Correspondents Club (FCC) of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, during the month of May.

  7. Lao Garment Project: Project Launched in Lao PDR

    31 March 2015,

    A new project to improve working conditions and competitiveness in the Lao garment sector was officially launched today.

  8. Lao PDR could overcome least developed country status with AEC says new report

    27 March 2015, Vientiane, Lao PDR

    The ILO will host a meeting in Vientiane, Lao PDR on 25 March 2015 on ASEAN Community 2015: Managing Integration for Better Jobs and Shared Prosperity - National Policy Dialogue

  9. Poor farmers and landless peasants claim their rights through collective bargaining

    26 March 2015, Hyderabad

    Representatives of the harris, peasants and the landless farmers from the Dadu and Mirpurkhas districts of Sindh learned their right to form trade unions and collectively bargain with their employers/ landlords during an awareness raising seminar on Sindh Industrial Relations Act (SIRA), which was enacted by the Sindh government in March, 2013.

  10. ILO welcomes Fiji tripartite agreement on labour relations

    25 March 2015,

  11. Baluchistan province reaches consensus on labor legislation and labor policy

    24 March 2015, Karachi

    The Government of Baluchistan re-affirmed its commitment towards full compliance to International Labour Standards ratified by Pakistan during a 3 day tripartite consultation on provincial labour legislation and labour policy held at Karachi from 18-20th of March 2015. The consultation was hosted by Department of Labour, Government of Baluchistan in collaboration with ILO Country Office for Pakistan and was attended by a wide range of stakeholders including Workers and Employers Representatives from Baluchistan.

  12. Ensuring quality of Asia-Pacific skills development systems to be discussed

    17 March 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

    A 3-day workshop on quality assurance for work-related skills is being held for the ILO's member States in Bangkok, Thailand.

  13. Media Persons Awarded for Excellence in Labour Journalism

    16 March 2015, Islamabad

    Four journalists from print and electronic media from across Pakistan won awards for excellence in reporting on issues relating to labour and gender at the Journalism Awards organized by the ILO on March 16, 2015. The awards for excellence in gender responsive labour journalism recognizes professional reporting of outstanding merit that contributes to the public understanding of labour, employment and gender issues in the world of work.

  14. Help line launched for Bangladesh worker safety and rights

    15 March 2015, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    A telephone Help line for workers to make and resolve grievances relating to workplace safety or workers’ rights has been launched in Bangladesh.

  15. Labour inspectors trained on foundation skills in Samoa

    11 March 2015,

    Labour inspectors from the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour (MCIL) have taken part in a training organized in partnership with the International Labour Organization. MCIL continues to prioritize this improvement of its labour inspection functions as part of Samoa’s Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) 2013 -2016.

  16. Urgent action needed to strengthen Mongolia's small businesses

    11 March 2015,

    Mongolia’s economy is one of the fastest-growing in the world, but the continued expansion of the informal sector remains a significant barrier to the country’s future economic success, according to a new report launched today in Ulaanbaatar.

  17. DSWD, ILO partner for sustainable livelihood

    09 March 2015, Manila, Philippines

    The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) today strengthened its partnership and signed a grant agreement to support sustainable livelihood and community enterprise development in regions affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

  18. Two days training for trade unions: Decent Work for migrant workers

    04 March 2015, Lahore

    A total of 30 participants from major Trade Unions in Pakistan representing all four provinces gathered for a two days training under the theme “Decent Work for Migrant Workers” from 3-4 March 2015, with the objective to enhance the capacity of trade unionist to participate in the shaping of migration policies, promote sound labour migration practices, reach out to migrant workers and ensure that the benefits of migration are maximized. This training was facilitated under the ILO-EU funded South Asia Labour Migration Governance Project in collaboration with the Pakistan Workers Federation (PWF).

  19. International buyers formalise their cooperation for a more responsible and competitive textile industry

    27 February 2015, Karachi

    A total of 14 buyers met to prioritize key objectives for the buyers forum for textiles in Pakistan at the side lines of the trade Expo in Karachi. The forum was established on 16 Dec 2014. The objectives of the forum are to exchange best practices and knowledge management, public private partnership and establishing working committees for identified key environmental and social issues relating to compliance in textile sector.

  20. Kiribati Develops a draft action plan to eliminate the worst forms of Child Labour

    26 February 2015, Tarawa, Kiribati

    This technical support by the ILO is part of the ILO’s Pacific sub-regional project on child labour and trafficking that is built on experiences of the TACKLE (Tackling child labour through education) project funded by the European Union.

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