Third meeting of the Garment Sector Stakeholders’ Forum (GSSF) and GIZ tripartite dialogue workshop

The third GSSF meeting focused on GSP+ in Pakistan and GIZ’s dialogue approach. The Ministry for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development led a lively discussion on the implementation gap in Pakistan and members of the forum gave interesting feedback on how implementation of the ILO’s core conventions could be improved in the future.

Press release | Islamabad, Pakistan | 09 May 2016
ISLAMABAD (ILO News): The third meeting of the Garment Sector Stakeholders Forum (GSSF) and the GIZ Tripartite Dialogue Workshop was collaboratively organized by GIZ and the ILO in Islamabad on May 5, 2016. Forty five representatives from Federal and Provincial governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations, civil society, NGOs, academia and development partners participated in the meeting.

Ms Atifa Raffat, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, shared that global supply chains are at times associated with infringements of core ILO labour standards and unregulated and unsafe work environments, wages below the minimum level, weak industrial relations and compromised workers` rights. This hinders sustainable socio-economic development. In this context, the forum can play a vital role in driving the debate around wages, particularly given the forthcoming Asian Living Wage Conference, which will be hosted in May by the Government of Pakistan.

Ms Ingrid Christensen, Country Director- ILO, thanked the participants for their interest in the forum and for providing important inputs to the work plan for the Labour Standards in Global Supply Chains Project being implemented by the ILO in Pakistan. She appreciated the uniqueness of the GSSF, which provides a platform for wider sector stakeholder consultation.

The meeting featured highlights of the first review of the GSP Plus trade preference scheme and the Government’s review of progress made.

In the technical sessions, the results of the ‘Dialogue Approach’ used to promote social compliance in partner factories as part of GIZ’s Supporting Social Standards in the Textile and Garment Industry in Punjab programme were shared. The results demonstrated improved levels of productivity and increased business opportunities for factories through improved labour standards, and opportunities for businesses were discussed. Testimonials from factory managers and workers’ representatives provided clear evidence that working conditions t were enhanced through use of the Dialogue Approach, providing a platform for bipartite engagement and bargaining in the workplace.

The ILO and GIZ reaffirmed their support and technical assistance to the stakeholders through continued dialogue, consultation and joint programming on the priority areas of the forum.

For further information please contact:

Ms Caroline Bates
Technical Advisor
Labour Standards in Global Supply Chains
Tel: +92-51-2276456-8