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. Workshop to discuss Brunei Darussalam labour market survey and information systems

    27 January 2016, Brunei Darussalam

    The two-day workshop, starting from 27 January 2016, will discuss the findings of the Labour Force Survey (LFS) 2014 and the Labour Market Analysis.

  2. Kasambahay (Domestic Workers) Day to highlight gains of landmark law for domestic workers

    24 January 2016, Manila, Philippines

    On the third anniversary of the much heralded Kasambahay (Domestic Workers) Law, groups instrumental to its passage will gather once again to review the gains of the law for domestic workers.

  3. ILO partners with EDEX to launch "Job Fair 2016"

    24 January 2016,

    ILO partnered with EDEX Expo to launch their fifth "Job Fair" in January 2016 in Colombo with the aim of facilitating decent employment opportunities for youth.

  4. Multi-employer collective bargaining offers workers, employers new opportunities

    14 January 2016,

    The success of this agreement, the first one of its kind, can help Viet Nam successfully implement the Trans-Pacific Partnership obligations as a member state of the ILO.

  5. ILO to publish World Employment and Social Outlook - Trends

    14 January 2016, Geneva, Switzerland

    ILO is to launch its report, World Employment and Social Outlook - Trends 2016, (WESO) on Tuesday, 19 January.

  6. Studying examples of good labour migration governance: A Pakistani government delegation visits Sri Lanka

    04 January 2016, Colombo and Tangalle, Sri Lanka

    Three government officials from the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development and the Punjab Department of Labour and Human Resource visited Sri Lanka on 21-23 December 2015 to study their labour migration management system.


  1. ILO urges dialogue to resolve current industrial disputes

    23 December 2015, Svay Rieng, Cambodia

    The ILO appeals to all involved parties to resolve the current industrial disputes in Cambodia through constructive dialogue.

  2. Better Factories Cambodia's labour law competition

    19 December 2015,

    The ILO Better Factories Cambodia's radio competition on the labour law for garment workers has its three winners.

  3. New recruitment agency ranking released as migrant workers increase in number

    18 December 2015,

    The latest ranking of recruitment agencies has shown that the Code of Conduct for companies sending workers abroad is leading to improved standards.

  4. From landless Peasant to successful Entrepreneurs

    18 December 2015, Mirpurkhas, Pakistan

    First Women-owned Bakery and Computer Training Centre inaugurated in Mirpurkhas

  5. ILO welcomes Australian funding for migration project

    18 December 2015, BANGKOK

    The Australian Foreign Minister announced the launch of the Australian-funded, Tripartite Action to Enhance the Contribution of Labour Migration to Growth and Development in ASEAN (TRIANGLE II), a 10-year-project that aims to strengthen the link between migration and development.

  6. Labour Inspection a top priority of the Government

    17 December 2015, Lahore, Pakistan

    The Government of Pakistan has embarked on a comprehensive process of reforming the country's labour inspection regime.

  7. Narratives of Empowerment - Training Workshop on Professional TV News Media Reporting of Working Women Held in Karachi

    15 December 2015, Karachi, Pakistan

    Pakistan’s leading national and regional TV channels and online media participated in 2 day training workshop on gender and labour sensitive reporting, aimed at improving coverage of women with narratives of positivity and empowerment

  8. National Center of the Public Employment Services opened

    15 December 2015,

    The National Center of the Public Employment Services (NPES) was ceremonially declared open by the Honorable Minister of Labour and Trade Union Relations, W.D.J Seneviratne, and the State Minister of Labour and Trade Unions Relations Mr. Ravindra Samaraweera

  9. Promoting decent work for homeworkers in Indonesia: Homeworkers are workers!

    15 December 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Despite their long existence in Indonesia, subcontracted homeworkers, often referred as workers in the putting-out system, have been largely invisible because work is carried out at home by mostly women who also take care of household and family care responsibilities, and remunerative work is often considered as side activities carried out by women rather than real work.

  10. Symposium on Sustainable Development Goals and Decent Work

    11 December 2015,

    The Ministry of Labour and Trade Union Relations, together with the International Labour Organization (ILO), organized the first Symposium on Sustainable Development Goals and Decent Work on the 11th December 2015 in Colombo.

  11. Textile exporting units in Faisalabad trained on compliance with Labour Standards

    09 December 2015, Faisalabad, Pakistan

    From 8-22 December 2015, the ILO in collaboration with the Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA) and Oxfam-Novib will run a series of seminars covering eight thematic areas on International Labour Standards. The seminars target management and workers in 12 textile exporting industrial units in Faisalabad with the objective of raising awareness on and enhancing compliance with labour standards and labour laws in the textile sector of Pakistan.

  12. ILO signed a cooperation agreement with Renmin University

    03 December 2015,

    In a recent UN-wide Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, ILO will take the lead to scale up action on youth employment for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

  13. Commemoration of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities: Enhancing the inclusivity of people with disabilities in companies

    01 December 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

    People with disabilities are recognized as among the most vulnerable groups in Indonesia, facing discrimination in access to such as education, skills training and, employment. Compared to non-disabled persons, they experience higher rates of unemployment and economic inactivity and are at greater risk of insufficient social protection that is a key to reducing extreme poverty.

  14. Assessing the economic contribution of labour immigration in Nepal

    27 November 2015, Kathmandu, Nepal

    The national consultation seminar is jointly organized by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, the OECD Development Centre and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

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