Press releases

This is a list of official ILO press releases issued by the ILO Office in Pakistan. Some are available in Urdu and this is indicated on the top of each release. The most recent release is at the top.

2018

  1. Assessment of skill gaps and Decent Work deficits in selected agro food value chains

    11 May 2018

    Over 30 representatives from Govt. of Glgit Baltistan Province; UN; INGOs; Academia an famer’s groups unanimously validated the key findings of the Assessment Study, presented by Baltistan Cultural Development Foundation (BCDF) at the workshop in Gilgit. The study was commissioned under One UN project on Agro-food value chains, jointly being implemented by ILO and UNIDO. The study aimed to identify the skills gaps and decent work deficits in the value chains of cherry; apple and trout fish in GB province. The findings will help design the skills development initiatives to address the identified gaps and help farmers and processors to bring improvements in the working conditions and livelihood.

  2. 13th annual employer awards on Occupational Safety and Health

    07 May 2018

    Every year worldwide 28th April marks World Day for Safety and Health at Work. This year was commemorated under the theme “Generation Safe and Healthy”. In Pakistan this day was marked by the ILO and its constituents through an event hosted by the Employers Federation of Pakistan (EFP) in Karachi on 7th May to reaffirm their commitment towards the common goal of safer workplaces and healthy workers in Pakistan. The event was attended by 175 delegates from the employer community, workers representatives, chamber of commerce and related federal and provincial government officials.  

  3. Sindh Labour Department embarks on the implementation of labour laws by drafting rules of business

    04 May 2018

    The legislative process does not stop once a bill becomes law. To put laws into practice rules formation is a key step. The Labour and Human Resource Department Sindh took lead and organized a two day tripartite plus consultation on 3rd and 4th May 2018 to draft rules for six labour laws.

  4. Sialkot sports goods sector promotes a level playing field

    16 April 2018

    The Employers Federation of Pakistan in collaboration with Baidarie and with the technical assistance of ILO under the Japan Government funded Project on “More and Better Jobs through Socially Responsible Labour Practices in the sports goods industry in Sialkot” held a sensitization event with stakeholders on the importance of sports activities to achieve decent work.

  5. Collective bargaining and effective negotiation skills to promote decent work in Pakistan

    12 April 2018

    The ILO Pakistan Office, under the German Funded Project on Labour Standards in Global Supply Chains, conducted a four-day training on organizing and collective bargaining for workers and trade unions in Faisalabad from 26-29 March 2018.

  6. Thirteenth batch of national labour inspectors’ training program completed

    02 April 2018

    The ILO Country Office in Pakistan organized a three days training for the 4th batch of Inspecting staff of the Department of Labour Punjab under its Dutch funded project on Strengthening Labour Inspection Systems in Pakistan (SLISP).

  7. Less than 1% Pakistani women among overseas workers: ILO Study

    29 March 2018

    To identify reasons for low Female Labour Migration in Pakistan, ILO-Islamabad has initiated a national study under its EU-funded REFRAME Project and organized a Tripartite Consultation to discuss the matter in detail and identify avenues for improvement.

  8. ILO instruments pending for submission to Pakistan’s Competent Authority

    28 March 2018

    On 28th March, 2018, the MOPHRD, with technical support from the ILES project, convened a one day workshop in Islamabad with key stakeholders to discuss the 39 On 28th March, 2018, the MOPHRD, with technical support from the ILES project, convened a one day workshop in Islamabad with key stakeholders to discuss the 39 Instruments that require submission to the competent authority and the views and priorities of the provincial governments, workers’ representatives, employers’ representatives and civil society representatives.

  9. Effective collective bargaining and negotiation skills for industrial harmony

    14 March 2018

    The ILO Pakistan Office, under its flagship project, Labour Standards in Global Supply Chains (LSGSC), organized a four day training workshop on ‘Collective Bargaining and Negotiations Skills’ in Islamabad from 5-8 March, 2018. The objective of the workshop was to enhance the capacities of the stake holders of the world of work, promote healthy industrial relations and foster a culture of strengthened social dialogue that contributes to productivity and industrial peace. The participants constituted of the representatives of the government, employers and workers organizations.

  10. Achieving gender equality through collective bargaining

    13 March 2018

    The ILO Pakistan Office , under the German Funded Project on Labour Standards in Global Supply Chains, commemorated the International Women Day, and organised an exclusive session on ‘’Women and Collective Bargaining’, under the overall theme of ‘Time is Now: Urban and Rural Activists transforming lives of women’. The ceremony was attended by the ILO tripartite constituents, Ministry of OPHRD, Representatives of the Employers and Workers, Academia, Civil Society, Journalist and a cross section of society.

  11. Third batch of Labour Inspectors’ Nationwide Training Program completed in Punjab

    06 March 2018

    The Strengthening Labour Inspection Project in Pakistan completed a three day training for the 3rd batch of Labour Inspectors of the Department of Labour Punjab on 2nd March 2018. To date, the project has trained 331 labour inspectors [318 men and 13 women] of Balochistan, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, AJK, ICT, GB and Punjab.

  12. Dialogues on effective wage setting processes in Pakistan continues

    28 February 2018

    The ILO project on Labour Standards in Global Supply Chains (LSGSC) convened a three day workshop on “Wage Policy in Pakistan” for the officials of the departments of labour and planning and development from Provincial Governments and ICT, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics and the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development from 21-23 February 2018 in Islamabad

  13. Eleventh batch of national labour inspectors’ training program completed

    19 January 2018

    The ILO Country Office in Pakistan organized a three day training for the 2nd batch of Labour Inspectors of the Department of Labour Punjab under its Dutch funded project on Strengthening Labour Inspection Systems in Pakistan (SLISP) bring the total number of Labour Inspectors trained to 302 (292 men and 10 women from Balochistan, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, AJK, ICT, GB and Punjab).

  14. Collective bargaining and negotiation skills highlighted in workshop as vital tools to ensure good industrial relations in Pakistan

    15 January 2018

    A four-day training workshop for ILO’s tripartite constituents on ‘Collective Bargaining and Negotiation Skills’ concluded on 11 January 2018 in Karachi. The participants acquired knowledge of the relevant ILO Conventions on Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining and the importance of negotiation styles and techniques used for consensus based dialogue.

2017

  1. Launch of Punjab’s home based workers survey report

    28 December 2017

    On 28th December 2017, the Punjab Bureau of Statistics (PBS) launched its 'Home Based Workers Survey Report 2016' with the technical support of the ILO and UN Women. This is the first survey of Home Based Workers (HBW) undertaken in South Asia, paving the way for the recognition of this category of workers, mainly comprised of women, as formal workers.

  2. Mainstreaming gender in statistical processes and orientation to ILO conventions C-100 & C-111

    27 December 2017

    The Punjab Bureau of Statistics with the technical support of the ILO Pakistan organized a one day training on ‘Gender Mainstreaming in Statistical Processes” bringing together more than 40 participants from the Government, Employers and Workers Organizations, academia and civil society.

  3. Tenth cohort of national labour inspectors’ training program completed

    21 December 2017

    The ILO Country Office in Pakistan organized a three day training for the 10th cohort of Labour Inspectors of the Department of Labour Punjab under its Dutch funded project on Strengthening Labour Inspection Systems in Pakistan (SLISP).

  4. Tripartite consultative meeting on findings of diagnostic study on Decent Work in Rural Economy in Pakistan

    20 December 2017

    On 20th December 2017, the preliminary findings of the “Diagnostic Study on Decent Work in Rural Economy of Pakistan” were shared with tripartite-plus stakeholders. Serious efforts to create awareness, institutional arrangements and support mechanisms for rural workers to access decent work was the underlying conclusion of this national consultation.

  5. The Government of Azad Jammu and Kashmir to develop Youth Employment Strategy in collaboration with Prime Minister’s Youth Programme and ILO

    19 December 2017

    Government of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) in collaboration with International Labour Organization (ILO) and Prime Minister’s Youth Programme (PMYP) convened provincial consultation on Youth Employment Framework in Muzaffarabad.

  6. Training of labour inspectors of Sindh on inspection of wages

    15 December 2017

    The ILO convened a one day training workshop on “Inspection of Wages” for 27 labour inspectors of the Department of Labour (DoL) Sindh providing the inspecting staff an opportunity to discuss in detail issues related to wages.