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.
Tri-partite consultation workshop on improving the compliance and reporting of core labour standards
15 February 2017
The ILO in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development and with the financial assistance of the European Union organized a tri-partite plus workshop for the Provincial Tripartite Consultative Committees of Baluchistan and Sindh provinces. The workshop fostered greater understanding of core international labour standards and has helped in evolving a national action plan to strengthen the compliance and reporting of these standards.
23 January 2017
ILO supported the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and HRD in organizing a two-day National Tripartite Consultation on ‘Labour Legislation in Post-Devolution Scenario’ on 17-18 January 2017 in Islamabad. It was the first opportunity for all Federal and Provincial Tripartite Consultative Committee members to jointly review progress on Labour Legislation and discuss actions for each Province/State/Region. Consultation was part of the ILO’s new project ‘Promoting International Labour & Environmental Standards in Pakistani SMEs (ILES)’ – funded by EU.
A Task Force on promoting sustainable and responsible business in the Sialkot sports goods manufacturing sector is established
30 December 2016
A Task Force on promoting sustainable and responsible business in the Sialkot sports goods manufacturing sector under ILO’s Project “More and better jobs through socially responsible labour practices in Asia”, funded by the Government of Japan is established.
23 December 2016
“In commemoration of the ‘International Migrants Day’, ILO provided technical support to the Government of Pakistan, Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) – a subsidiary of the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (OP&HRD) for organizing a seminar on ‘Enhancing Role of Overseas Pakistanis in Nation Building’.
First meeting of the Project Advisory Committee of Strengthening Labour Inspection System for Promoting Labour Standards and ensuring Workplace Compliance in Pakistan (SLISP) Project
01 December 2016
1st meeting of the Project Advisory Committee (PAC) was convened at the Ministry of OPHRD on 23rd November 2016.
04 November 2016
The launch of four studies on aspects of labour migration from Pakistan to GCC countries.
31 October 2016
The closing event of ILO’s national project “Promoting Gender Equality for Decent Employment (GE4DE)” as they recounted the successes and achievements of the project as well as the key lesson learnt during this journey.
23 September 2016
The ILO in partnership with the NAVTTC has developed an educational course on safe migration to improve migrants employment prospects in the GCC countries . 17 representatives from private and public TVET institutions and authorities from all over the Pakistan attended the three days training on Safe Migration for Decent Work in the GCC Countries.
Launch of Pakistan’s Decent Work Country Program (DWCP, 2016-2020) and signing on project on International Labour and Environment Standards (ILES) funded by EU
22 September 2016
On the occasion of the launch of Pakistan’s Decent Work Country Program (DWCP, 2016-2020) and signing of project on International Labour and Environment Standards (ILES) funded by EU
Promoting safe migration from Pakistan: Pakistan’s second Migrant Resource Centre inaugurated in Lahore
20 September 2016
The momentous occasion of the official opening of the Pakistan’s second Migrant Resource Centre (MRC), was held on the 20 September, 2016 in the presence of the representatives from government departments, civil society, INGOs, NGOs and media. Department of Labour and Human Resource Punjab has established this centre in collaboration with the ILO, EU and ICMPD.
The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to implement a “Coordinated Social Protection System: under One Window Operation” in the province
05 August 2016
ILO is supporting the Government of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Province for establishing first ever ‘One-Window Operation’ for Social Protection on pilot basis. A two-day workshop was organized in Peshawar with more than 50 stakeholders to design the OWO and ensure its ownership by the relevant institutions.
Closing Ceremony of One UN Project: ‘Livelihood restoration, protection and sustainable empowerment of vulnerable peasant communities in the Sindh Province (LRP)’
01 July 2016
A One UN project implemented by ILO, FAO and UN WOMEN in 120 villages of rural Sindh showcased its achievements through a closeout event in Islamabad on July 1, 2016. Project supported 11800 insecure, unprotected and the most vulnerable families who have endured devastating floods of 2010, rebuild their lives and attained their Human Security.
Promoting Safe Migration from Pakistan: Pakistan Overseas Employment Promoters Association launches a Code of Conduct on Ethical Recruitment
22 June 2016
Pakistan Overseas Employment Promoters Association (POEPA) today took a historical step towards ensuring fair and ethical recruitment of migrant workers, when the industry launched its first ever Code of Conduct on Ethical Recruitment. The launch was made in the presence of 350 representatives from private recruitment agencies. The Code of Conduct on Ethical Recruitment was developed with support by the ILO South Asia Labour Migration Governance Project.
09 May 2016
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.
02 May 2016
The first national consultative meeting on the ”National Strategy on the Elimination of Child and Bonded Labour in Pakistan” brought together over thirty high-level representatives of the Federal and Provincial governments, employers and workers to discuss and draw consensus on the goals, components and implementation structure of the framework. The national strategy was developed by the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, Government of Pakistan with technical assistance of the International Labour Organization [ILO].
28 April 2016
Every year worldwide 28th April is remembered as World Day for Safety and Health at Work. This year it was commemorated under the theme “Workplace Stress: a collective challenge”. On this day, in Pakistan also, an event was organised where ILO along with its stakeholders reaffirmed their commitment towards the goal of safer workplaces. During this event, the annual EFP OSH&E Awards were also distributed amongst the winners.
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.
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.
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.
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.