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. Peasants demand land reforms, setting up of Harri Courts, Provision of their human & labour rights

    17 April 2016

    ILO supported the launch of ‘report on State of Peasants Rights in Sindh’. The report published by Harri Welfare Association discusses the plight of peasants as driven by the socio-cultural, political, legal, administrative and financial factors. It also emphasizes the need for pro-peasant policies and actions in line with UN’s draft declaration on peasants’ rights and ILO conventions C-11 and C-29.

  2. Pakistan’s first Migrant Resource Centre inaugurated in Islamabad

    12 April 2016

    The momentous occasion of the official opening of the Pakistan’s first ever Migrant Resource Centre (MRC), was held on the 12th of April 2016 in the presence of the representatives from government departments, civil society, INGOs, NGOs and media. Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development has established this centre in collaboration with the ILO, EU and ICMPD.

  3. ILO organized World Water Day with theme “Better Water, Better Jobs” in Pakistan

    24 March 2016

    The Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Pakistan are organizing a seminar on the theme: Better Water, Better Jobs, to mark the World Water day and thus magnify the focus on water related issues and inspire collective thinking on the important issue of jobs in relation to water.

  4. Pakistan Buyers Forum initiate plans to improve labour conditions in textile and garment supply chains

    24 February 2016

    During the 5th meeting of the buyers forum convened by ILO, IFC and the Dutch Embassy, held on 23rd February 2015, a total of 21 participants representing 15 international brands and sourcing agents re-committed to promoting sustainability of textiles in Pakistan. The forum reached a consensus on aligning internal efforts to approaching key issues related to working conditions in the textile sector through effective policy and advocacy, enterprise improvement and improved communication.

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    A better way for Pakistani migrant workers to combat exploitation

    10 February 2016

    An internet service will make it easier for Pakistani workers abroad to make formal complaints in cases of alleged deception in recruitment or exploitation in employment.

  6. Providing starting points for future entrepreneurs

    08 February 2016

    Distribution of toolkits to 50 entrepreneurs, to help them start up their own small enterprises. On 3rd February 2016 by The Assistant Commissioner of Dadu Mr. Ghulam Shabbir Rind.

  7. Awareness raising seminar on Sindh Industrial Relations Act

    03 February 2016

    On 28th January 2016 a total of 70 representatives of the harris/ peasants and the landless farmers from the Dadu district of Sindh were trained on their right to form trade unions and collectively bargain with their employers/ landlords. This is in line with the 2013 Sindh Industrial Act (SIRA).

  8. Studying examples of good labour migration governance: A Pakistani government delegation visits Sri Lanka

    04 January 2016

    Three government officials from the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development and the Punjab Department of Labour and Human Resource visited Sri Lanka on 21-23 December 2015 to study their labour migration management system.


  1. From landless Peasant to successful Entrepreneurs

    18 December 2015

    First Women-owned Bakery and Computer Training Centre inaugurated in Mirpurkhas

  2. Labour Inspection a top priority of the Government

    17 December 2015

    The Government of Pakistan has embarked on a comprehensive process of reforming the country's labour inspection regime.

  3. Narratives of Empowerment - Training Workshop on Professional TV News Media Reporting of Working Women Held in Karachi

    15 December 2015

    Pakistan’s leading national and regional TV channels and online media participated in 2 day training workshop on gender and labour sensitive reporting, aimed at improving coverage of women with narratives of positivity and empowerment

  4. Textile exporting units in Faisalabad trained on compliance with Labour Standards

    09 December 2015

    From 8-22 December 2015, the ILO in collaboration with the Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA) and Oxfam-Novib will run a series of seminars covering eight thematic areas on International Labour Standards. The seminars target management and workers in 12 textile exporting industrial units in Faisalabad with the objective of raising awareness on and enhancing compliance with labour standards and labour laws in the textile sector of Pakistan.

  5. Government reaffirms its commitment to eradicate child and bonded labour from Balochistan

    24 November 2015

    During a one day high level consultative meeting on Child and Bonded Labour held on 24th November 2015, the Government of Baluchistan re-affirmed its commitment to address the challenge and called on stakeholders to work closely together.

  6. Towards a Decent Work Network with academia

    16 November 2015

    A one day consultation was convened with the School of Economics at Quaid-e-AZam University in Islamabad, Pakistan to explore ways of establishing a Decent Work Network with academia in Pakistan.

  7. Preliminary results of ‘Female Labour Force Survey’ and ‘Situation Analysis of Domestic Workers’ disseminated

    03 November 2015

    On 28th October 2015, the ILO’s Project on Promoting Decent Work for Decent Employment (GE4DE) funded by DFTAD disseminated the findings of two critical surveys i.e. Female Participation in the Labour Force. The findings will be vital in informing policy, legal and regulatory changes that facilitate women’s productive participation in the world of work.

  8. Enterprise improvement and regulation in textiles high on Buyers’ Forum agenda in Pakistan

    30 October 2015

    The fourth Buyers Forum in Pakistan held on 29th October 2015 agreed on a road map covering three areas including compliance with international labour standards; joint advocacy for better policy, laws and regulations and communications for more effective coordination and cooperation.

  9. Promoting safe migration from Pakistan: Induction training of staff for Migrant Resource Centres in Islamabad and Lahore

    29 October 2015

    Participants from the two recently established Migrant Resource Centres in Islamabad and Lahore received training to better equip their clients – the migrants - with knowledge and strategies to safeguard their labour and human rights throughout migration cycle.

  10. ILO’s Tripartite Constituents in Pakistan and Stakeholders Design the next Decent Work Country Program III (DWCP, 2016-2020)

    23 October 2015

    The Ministry of OPHRD, EFP and PWF embarked on the technical design of Pakistan’s third Decent Work Country Program. This was during a three day session facilitated by the ILO from 20-22 October 2015. The DWCP, which will be implemented over the period 2016-2020 is aligned to the country’s Vision 2025, will be inclusive in its implementation and takes into account the devolved structures of government as well as the Sustainable development Goals (SDG’s).

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    Increase awareness on Labour Migration for Pakistani workers

    28 September 2015

    The Punjab Labour and Human Resource Department is in the process of establishing the first ever Migrant Resource Centre in Pakistan. The centre, which is supported by the EU funded ILO-South Asia Labour Migration Governance Project, will provide a range of support services to (potential) migrant workers with the overall aim to make migration safe and profitable. The first stakeholder meeting was organized on 22 September 2015 to ensure full collaboration of all actors involved in making the centre a success.

  12. ILO’s tripartite partners commit to improving labour standards and promotion of decent work in Punjab province

    22 September 2015

    The Government of Punjab restated its commitment to fast track the existing labour inspection reform process. Workers and Employers highlighted ILO’s role in expanding the coverage of labour legislation to the informal sector including domestic workers, home based workers and agriculture workers.