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.


  1. Fair foreign employment process and good practices discussed through policy measures to reduce exploitation and vulnerabilities of foreign migrant workers in Pakistan

    15 February 2022

    ILO in collaboration with the Ministry of Overseas Pakistani and Human Resource Development (MOP&HRD) and Department of Labour Baluchistan and constituents, hosted a policy dialogue in Quetta to identify the pathways to promote fair recruitment for foreign migrant workers and minimize the role of subagents/intermediaries in foreign employment recruitment in Pakistan.

  2. Promoting fair recruitment of foreign migrant workers through policy measures

    11 February 2022

    ILO hosts a policy dialogue to promote fair recruitment for intended migrant workers and minimize the role of intermediaries in foreign recruitment

  3. The government of Pakistan submits 41 pending ILO instruments to the parliament

    06 January 2022

    Pakistan Government finally submits pending ILO instruments to the Federal Parliament for consideration.

  4. ILO conducts a customized training on occupational safety and health for handloom small/ micro enterprises

    06 January 2022

    The ILO, Pakistan under its International Labour and Environmental Standards Application in Pakistan's SMEs (ILES) project, funded by the European Union, conducts customised trainings on Occupational Safety and Health for handloom small and micro enterprises in Islampur, Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.


  1. Measures discussed to reduce exploitation of Overseas Pakistanis in recruitment process

    23 November 2021

    An awareness raising and policy dialogue on promoting fair recruitment practices to reduce possible exploitation of migrant workers from Pakistan was arranged in Peshawar.

  2. Government initiates HealthWISE programme to improve working conditions of healthcare workers

    28 October 2021

    The first ‘HealthWISE Introductory Workshop’ was held in Islamabad today. The workshop was organized by the Directorate of Workers’ Education (DWE) – a subsidiary of Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis & Human Resource Development (OP&HRD) – with the technical support of the ILO and the WHO.

  3. Decent work for sanitation workers in South Asia under the spotlight

    21 October 2021

    A recent workshop highlighted existing challenges and opportunities, as well as actions taken by the ILO, governments and social partners to address decent work deficits facing sanitation workers in South Asia.

  4. SCORE mobilisation event- ILO begins recruiting next batches

    30 September 2021

    The ILO under its European Union funded International Labour and Environmental Standards Application in Pakistan's SMEs project organised a mobilisation event in Karachi for recruiting its next batch of enterprises under its SCORE short course programme.

  5. Factory Improvement Toolset (FIT) pilot programme in Pakistan’s textile and ready made garments sector

    28 September 2021

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) under its European Union funded International Labour and Environmental Standards Application in Pakistan’s SMEs (ILES) project, began pilot of its Factory Improvement Toolset (FIT) in eleven enterprises in Karachi. The pilot programme is offered to the enterprises that have already graduated from ILO’s SCORE Short course programme. All participating enterprises belong to the textile and ready-made garments sector.

  6. Tripartite Consultation - Gap Analysis on the Forced Labour Protocol (2014)

    07 September 2021

    The Ministry of Overseas Pakistani and Human Resource Development (MoOP&HRD) with the technical assistance of the ILO convened a stakeholder’s consultation on the situation and gaps concerning the Protocol on Forced Labour (P029, 2014).

  7. Strengthening child labour data analysis capacities in Pakistan

    20 August 2021

    The ILO in Pakistan, through its Asia Regional Child Labour (ARC) Project, funded by Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) trained 70 stakeholders on child labour data analysis in a bid to strengthen capacities as they embark on provincial child labour surveys.

  8. What if your pencil was a tool against forced labour?

    09 August 2021

    50 countries have now ratified the Protocol on Forced Labour, demonstrating their determination to end forced labour in all its forms. They have committed to prevent forced labour, protect victims and ensure they have access to justice and remedies-Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO)

  9. Social Security Coordination Forum calls for social security extension to workers in the informal economy

    02 August 2021

    Pakistan’s Social Security Coordination Forum agree on strategies to enhance social security schemes effectiveness.

  10. Rural cotton-picking women workers’ sensitised on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work

    12 July 2021

    Six community level awareness-raising seminars on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (FPRW) were organized by the Sindh Agricultural & Forestry Workers Coordinating Organization (SAFWCO) in Sanghar, Sindh Province with the support of ILO's INDITEX funded project.

  11. Cotton growing communities sensitized on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work

    03 July 2021

    Over 150 multi-stakeholders attended a seminar arranged by the Pakistan Workers Federation on 03 July 2021 in Bahawalpur, Punjab Province of Pakistan to celebrate World Day Against Child Labour 2021 under the theme “Act Now, End Child Labour”. The seminar was technically supported by the ILO Pakistan Office through its project on FPRW in the cotton supply chain funded by INDITEX.

  12. Ministry of Planning and ILO launch the National Social Protection Database

    28 June 2021

    The SDG Unit at Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives and the ILO have jointly organized a webinar on 17 June 2021 for the launch of the National SDG 1.3.1 database. The purpose of the webinar is to roll out the database across the country to generate the periodic reports on Social Protection Coverage in Pakistan.

  13. Stakeholder consensus on extending health care benefits to retired workers and families of trans-provincial workers

    25 June 2021

    A virtual consultation on the findings of the study on Social Protection extension to workers post retirement and families of trans-provincial workers is planned by the ILO project on ‘Achieving SDGs and ending poverty through USP’. The purpose of the consultation is to discuss and find consensus on the most practical options for extension of coverage to the two groups under discussion.

  14. Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises (SCORE) Alumni Network Meeting

    10 June 2021

    Enterprises that attended the second meeting of the SCORE alumni network on 3 June 2021 shared progress on SCORE implementation, highlighted the challenges faced and solutions pursued to counter the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Participating enterprises were also introduced to ILO’s FIT Programme.

  15. Priority actions identified to improve Pakistan's skills development system

    20 May 2021

    Consensus on actions related to skills development in Pakistan was reached during tripartite plus meeting which endorsed a National Skills Profile.

  16. Stakeholders dialogue on practical and improved measures for youth employment and empowerment

    19 May 2021

    The ILO on behalf of the UN in Pakistan in collaboration with the Planning Commission co-hosted a National Policy Dialogue on ‘Youth Employment, Economic Participation, and Opportunities’, to define priorities and interventions for 2021-22.