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. ILO and Pakistan Textile Exporters Association sign a unique Partnership Agreement Promoting Decent Work in Garment and Textile Industry in Faisalabad

    17 February 2015, Islamabad

    The ILO and the Pakistani Textile Exporters Association (PTEA) have forged a Public Private Partnership encompassing a comprehensive framework on improving productivity through training and compliance with International Labour Standards including occupational safety and health, wages, contracts of employment, discrimination and other forms of mal labour practices as well as strengthening employers’ and workers’ bilateral arrangements in textile industry.

  2. New ILO Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific

    09 February 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

    Ms Tomoko Nishimoto has taken up her post as the ILO's Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific since 12 January 2015.

  3. Employers committed to implement Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2010

    04 February 2015, Islamabad

    EFP and Federal Ombudsman Secretariat in collaboration with Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industries and International Labour Organization Country office for Pakistan organized the 6th seminar on Act of 2010 at Islamabad duly attended by a wide range of stakeholders including employers, workers, academia, media, NGOs and government representatives from Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

  4. Probationers at the Foreign Services Academy trained on ILO standards

    03 February 2015, Islamabad

    Mr Francesco d’Ovidio, Country Director ILO Office Pakistan was invited to give a lecture at the Foreign Services Academy in Islamabad. He presented a historical perspective of the ILO, its work in Pakistan, and the ever-increasing importance and relevance of international labour standards for the country as a player in the global economy.

  5. Major effort launched to complete remaining RMG factory inspections

    03 February 2015, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    A major effort is underway to complete safety inspectionsof all remaining export-oriented ready-made garment factories.

  6. New ILO's standards will help 21.5 million domestic workers

    02 February 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

    The Regional Model Competency Standards (RMCS) for Domestic Work will help more than 20 million domestic worker in Asia and the Pacific if ASEAN regional integration ensures the mutual recognition of skills of workers across borders, according to the ILO's new publication.

  7. 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)

  8. Training on International Labour Standards Reporting

    22 January 2015, Islamabad

    As part of ILO's continued support to strengthening International Labour Standards reporting and responding to the observations from the Commitee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations , 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 participated in a three day training.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Putting workers’ safety first

    07 January 2015,

    The ILO advocates the principle of putting workers’ safety and health first. The ILO stands ready to provide continued support to the joint efforts of tripartite partners to prevent work-related accidents, injuries and diseases.

  12. 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.

2014

  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.

  2. © UN Photo/A. G. Farran 2015

    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.

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