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.

2015

  1. Employers committed to more and better jobs through socially responsible labour practices in Pakistan

    01 September 2015

    Employers pledged their commitment to create more and better jobs through socially responsible labour practices in the Sialkot sports goods industry. Almost 50 representatives from business, workers and the government attended the awareness raising seminar held on 27 August under ILO’s project “More and Better Jobs through Socially Responsible Labour practices in Pakistan”.

  2. First Project Advisory Committee-ILO, PTEA Public Private Partnership

    25 August 2015

    On 25th August 2015, the first meeting of the Project Advisory Committee (PAC) for the ‘Public Private Partnership (PPP) for ILS Compliance and Reporting in Textile Sector in Faisalabad’ was convened and chaired by Mr Khizar Hayat, Federal Secretary, Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development.

  3. Efforts launched to combat child labour in Punjab’s brick kilns

    25 August 2015

    The ILO in Pakistan in collaboration with the Government of Punjab launched an enrolment campaign of Brick Kiln workers children into the educational system. Under this campaign government of Punjab will provide free education, school bags and books to the brick kiln children enrolled to schools.

  4. Roll out of Entrepreneurship Training underway - Know About Business

    24 August 2015

    As part of its mandate, ILO is promoting entrepreneurship and business education among poor rural masses for improving their Human Security in Sindh Province. A total of 26 women and men were trained as KAB-Facilitators on ‘Know About Business’ training module. These trainers would further reach out to 500 prospective entrepreneurs with support of the Livelihood Restoration Project.

  5. The ILO reaffirms its commitment to support its constituents in Baluchistan Province

    18 August 2015

    The Baluchistan Development Vision and Strategy framework defines the provinces approach for creating 1.5 million “decent” jobs and reducing the unemployment rate to less than 5%. Achievements and challenges pertaining to the welfare of workers in the province were discussed at length during the Country Director’s last visit to the province

  6. ILO pledges continued support for the realisation of Decent Work in KP Province

    18 August 2015

    The ILO Country Director for Pakistan, Mr Francesco d’Ovidio visited Peshawar on 17th August 2015 on his final mission to meet tripartite stakeholders (Government, Employers and Workers) in KP Province and review the ongoing support interventions.

  7. District Model for Social Protection Developed for KP Province

    17 August 2015

    In line with the Social Protection Floors Recommendation, 2012 (No. 202), a comprehensive social protection system for the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been developed in consultation with the Federal and Provincial Governments and piloted in two Districts including Peshawar and Nowshera. To streamline this system, a three-day consultative workshop on ‘How to implement Social Protection Floors” was delivered by International Labour Organization (ILO) in collaboration with the Planning & Development (P&D) Department of KP Government from 10-12 August

  8. ILO and Government of Pakistan sign Letter of Understanding to Support the PPP on Labour Law Compliance in the Textile Sector in Faisalabad

    09 July 2015

    The Government of Pakistan has committed to facilitating an enabling environment for the private sector to comply with international labour standards and labour laws in Pakistan. This was during the signing of the Letter of Understanding to support the Public Private Partnership on Labour Law Compliance in the Textile Sector in Faisalabad targeting 210 industrial units over the next three years.

  9. ILO and Government of Pakistan sign Letter of Understanding to Support the Public Private Partnership on Labour Law Compliance in the Textile Sector in Faisalabad.

    09 July 2015

    The Government of Pakistan has committed to facilitating an enabling environment for the private sector to comply with international labour standards and labour laws in Pakistan. This was during the signing of the Letter of Understanding to support the Public Private Partnership on Labour Law Compliance in the Textile Sector in Faisalabad targeting 210 industrial units over the next three years.

  10. ILO and Government of Pakistan sign Letter of Understanding to Support the Public Private Partnership on Labour Law Compliance in the Textile Sector in Faisalabad

    09 July 2015

    The Government of Pakistan has committed to facilitating an enabling environment for the private sector to comply with international labour standards and labour laws in Pakistan. This was during the signing of the Letter of Understanding to support the Public Private Partnership on Labour Law Compliance in the Textile Sector in Faisalabad targeting 210 industrial units over the next three years.

  11. ILO and the Netherlands sign agreement to strengthen labour inspection systems in Pakistan

    02 July 2015

    The partnership will strengthen institutional mechanisms for effective labour inspection; enhance human resource capacities in the country to enforce the law on labour inspections and partner with the private sector to promote international labour standards and ensure their compliance by enterprises.

  12. Soccer Ball Industry Model replicable for child labour elimination in GSP+ business environment

    30 June 2015

    Over 50 representatives from Government, Workers, Employers and economic sectors endorsed the Sialkot Soccer Ball Industry Model as a way forward for other industries to do business in the current GSP+ environment. This was during the final World Day Against Child Labour commemorative event convened by the Employers Federation of Pakistan (EFP) in Lahore.

  13. Third Buyers Meeting on the Textile Sector in Pakistan

    23 June 2015

    The third Buyers Forum in Pakistan convened with a total of 19 international brand representatives on 23rd June 2015. The Buyers reaffirmed their commitment to better labour and environmental practices in the textile sector. The buyers also agreed to support three key areas i.e. strengthening labour inspection regime, addressing issues of contractual employment and supporting smaller manufacturers to improve international labour standards compliance.

  14. The United Nations in Pakistan convene a National Consultation on Youth Employment

    17 June 2015

    ILO and UNDP Pakistan convened a national consultation to discuss the current issues and constraints faced by youth in getting decent employment in Pakistan. The consultation was held under the auspices of the 2015 National Human Development Report for Pakistan which has three concurrent themes on Education, Employment and Engagement. With 64% of Pakistan’s population under the age bracket of 29 years, youth will be a critical force for shaping human development in the Pakistan.

  15. Repairing Collateral Damage; Decent Work for Temporarily Displaced Persons from North Waziristan Agency

    28 May 2015

    In October 2014, the ILO initiated a project on Employable Skills Development for Improved Livelihoods of Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) as part of the UN System in Pakistan’s response to the crisis sparked by civil unrest. Since then, the project has imparted training to a total of 200 persons, 80 men and 120 women in marketable trades including competency based training in plumbing, electrical, tailoring and hand embroidery. The project is part of “Community Resilience Program” of the UNDP implemented through Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (KP-TEVTA).

  16. The Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development and the ILO launches the first ever Migrant Resource Centre in Lahore

    06 May 2015

    The ILO in Pakistan, through its EU funded South Asia Labour Migration Governance Project, has entered into a partnership with the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development to establish the first Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) in Pakistan. The MRC will be based in the Protectorate of Emigrates offices in Lahore, a space that is visited by hundreds of Pakistani migrant workers on a daily basis. The MRC will provide a range of services including information on safe migration and foreign employment options, as well as other support services that will facilitate their migration process.

  17. Government initiates dialogue on the ratification of convention 155- Occupational safety and health and the working environment

    06 May 2015

    In Pakistan, Safe Day celebrations on 28th April 2015 were characterised by a series of events across the country including the 10th OSH awards organised by the Employers Federation of Pakistan (EFP) in collaboration with the Pakistan Workers Federation (PWF), the Provincial and Federal Labour departments and the International Labour Organization (ILO). The event brought together over 170 participants and during the event, the Federal Government announced its intention to initiate social dialogue on the ratification of Convention 155 concerning Occupational Safety and Health and the Working Environment.

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

    22 April 2015

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

    13 April 2015

    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.

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

    26 March 2015

    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.