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. 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.

  2. Baluchistan province reaches consensus on labor legislation and labor policy

    24 March 2015

    The Government of Baluchistan re-affirmed its commitment towards full compliance to International Labour Standards ratified by Pakistan during a 3 day tripartite consultation on provincial labour legislation and labour policy held at Karachi from 18-20th of March 2015. The consultation was hosted by Department of Labour, Government of Baluchistan in collaboration with ILO Country Office for Pakistan and was attended by a wide range of stakeholders including Workers and Employers Representatives from Baluchistan.

  3. Media Persons Awarded for Excellence in Labour Journalism

    16 March 2015

    Four journalists from print and electronic media from across Pakistan won awards for excellence in reporting on issues relating to labour and gender at the Journalism Awards organized by the ILO on March 16, 2015. The awards for excellence in gender responsive labour journalism recognizes professional reporting of outstanding merit that contributes to the public understanding of labour, employment and gender issues in the world of work.

  4. Two days training for trade unions: Decent Work for migrant workers

    04 March 2015

    A total of 30 participants from major Trade Unions in Pakistan representing all four provinces gathered for a two days training under the theme “Decent Work for Migrant Workers” from 3-4 March 2015, with the objective to enhance the capacity of trade unionist to participate in the shaping of migration policies, promote sound labour migration practices, reach out to migrant workers and ensure that the benefits of migration are maximized. This training was facilitated under the ILO-EU funded South Asia Labour Migration Governance Project in collaboration with the Pakistan Workers Federation (PWF).

  5. International buyers formalise their cooperation for a more responsible and competitive textile industry

    27 February 2015

    A total of 14 buyers met to prioritize key objectives for the buyers forum for textiles in Pakistan at the side lines of the trade Expo in Karachi. The forum was established on 16 Dec 2014. The objectives of the forum are to exchange best practices and knowledge management, public private partnership and establishing working committees for identified key environmental and social issues relating to compliance in textile sector.

  6. Social justice essential for Decent Work for women

    21 February 2015

    Women and men from trade unions show how they have made a difference to promote social justice and gender equality at work, all the way from equal wages to new trade unions.

  7. Balancing work and home through child care centres

    20 February 2015

    Parliamentarians, workers, employers and civil society representatives commited to promoting the provision of child care for working parents from low-income groups. A group of influential stakeholders met on Friday in Lahore to understand the issues of child care, discuss different models of low-cost child care and agree on a way forward to promote similar models in Pakistan.

  8. ILO and Pakistan Textile Exporters Association sign a unique Partnership Agreement Promoting Decent Work in Garment and Textile Industry in Faisalabad

    17 February 2015

    The ILO and the Pakistani Textile Exporters Association (PTEA) have forged a Public Private Partnership encompassing a comprehensive framework on improving productivity through training and compliance with International Labour Standards including occupational safety and health, wages, contracts of employment, discrimination and other forms of mal labour practices as well as strengthening employers’ and workers’ bilateral arrangements in textile industry.

  9. Employers committed to implement Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2010

    04 February 2015

    EFP and Federal Ombudsman Secretariat in collaboration with Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industries and International Labour Organization Country office for Pakistan organized the 6th seminar on Act of 2010 at Islamabad duly attended by a wide range of stakeholders including employers, workers, academia, media, NGOs and government representatives from Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

  10. Probationers at the Foreign Services Academy trained on ILO standards

    03 February 2015

    Mr Francesco d’Ovidio, Country Director ILO Office Pakistan was invited to give a lecture at the Foreign Services Academy in Islamabad. He presented a historical perspective of the ILO, its work in Pakistan, and the ever-increasing importance and relevance of international labour standards for the country as a player in the global economy.

  11. Training on International Labour Standards Reporting

    22 January 2015

    As part of ILO's continued support to strengthening International Labour Standards reporting and responding to the observations from the Commitee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations , more than 37 officials from Federal Ministry of Overseas Pakistani and Human Resource Development, Provincial Departments of Labour and the representatives from Employers Federation of Pakistan and Pakistan Workers Federation participated in a three day training.

  12. First Agriculture and Fishing Workers’ Trade Union in Pakistan registered in Karachi

    21 January 2015

    The first ever trade union for Agriculture and Fishing Workers’ in Pakistan has been registered in Karachi. The Sindh Agriculture and Fishing Workers Union (SAFWU) was registered with the office of the Registrar Trade Unions, Karachi under the provisions of Sindh Industrial Relations Act, 2013.

  13. First Domestic Workers’ Trade Union registered in Pakistan

    16 January 2015

    Enhancing rights at work. The first ever trade union for domestic workers in Pakistan has been registered in Lahore by the Department of Labour Punjab, under the Industrial Relations Act 2010. This marks an important step in recognising and expanding legal coverage to vulnerable workers in the informal economy.

2014

  1. Buyers Forum Established

    16 December 2014

    The two days buyers meeting organised by the joint collaboration of the Government of Netherlands, International Finance Corporation and the International Labour Organisation to Promote Decent Work for the Sustainability of Textile and Garment Sector in Pakistan concluded with the establishment of a Buyers Forum for Pakistan. With an initial membership of 17 brands, this forum is expected to be extended to other major international brands. This initiative will support enhancing access to global markets and increased market share. Furthermore it aimed at promoting advocacy on the nexus between trade and employment and in particular compliance to ILS leading to the realisation of the full benefits of GSP Plus status

  2. Promoting Decent Work for a Sustainable Textile and Garment Industry in Pakistan

    16 December 2014

    The ILO, the Government of the Netherlands and the International Finance Corporation, in collaboration with the Government of Pakistan, are working together to support international standards and practices in Pakistan’s textile and garment sector, by organizing the first Buyers’ Meeting in Islamabad.

  3. Tackling Poverty through Decent Work: Launch of the First Decent Work Country Profile for Pakistan

    15 December 2014

    On 15th December 2014, the Ministry of Overseas Pakistani’s and Human Resource Development (OP-HRD) in collaboration with the Employers Federation of Pakistan (EFP) and Pakistan Workers Federation (PWFF) and the ILO launched the country’s first Decent Work Country Profile which provides a comprehensive analysis on the status of decent work and gaps to be addressed . The profile covers the data period 2002-2013.

  4. Dissemination Event on Occupational Safety and Health

    28 November 2014

    A dissemination event was held to share knowledge and experience on the initial roll out of the Joint Action Plan on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) and to gather feedback from key stakeholders on measures to effectively implement the action plan.

  5. Linking Livelihoods to Markets

    27 November 2014

    As a key player in providing decent jobs through skills training and human resource development, the ILO shared its stance on need for ‘demand driven’ training during a national conference on “Sustainability Exchange” organised by the Engro Foundation with the support of TVET Reform Support Programme.

  6. ILO calls for improved ILS compliance in the Garment and Textile Sector

    27 November 2014

    The first Textile Summit brought together stakeholders with the objective to promote the national textile industry, deliberate on best labour practices and address issues affecting this sector crisis.

  7. ILO and UNDP sign agreement to impart employable skills to North-Waziristan families

    22 October 2014

    UNDP and ILO will impart employable skills training and employment facilitation to 200 women and men from North-Waziristan Agency who are temporarily residing in District Bannu due to ongoing ‘Operation Zarb-e-Azab’.