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. National Consultation: Role of intermediaries /subagents in the foreign employment recruitment process

    27 June 2022

    A national Consultation hosted by International Labour Organization (ILO) on” Role of intermediaries /subagents in the foreign employment recruitment process” at Islamabad, Pakistan to propose a set of policy recommendations including endorsement of national emigration and welfare labour policy

  2. Pakistani Trade Unions join forces for solidarity and cooperation

    16 June 2022

    A 2-Day Experience Sharing Workshop: Strengthening Trade Union Strategy and Identifying New Priorities for Trade Unions’ Cooperation held on 15-16 June 2022 at ILO Office for Pakistan, Islamabad. H.E. Mr. Andreas Ferrarese, Ambassador to Pakistan Embassy of Italy was chief guest of the closing ceremony.

  3. Training of Trainers’ on Supporting Children’s Rights through Education, the Arts and the Media successfully concluded

    23 May 2022

    The CLEAR Cotton project built the capacity of 30 masters trainers on eliminating child labour in the cotton value chain thanks to the SCREAM methodology

  4. National Seminar on ‘International Day of Nurses’

    12 May 2022

    On eve of ‘International Nurses Day’, ILO and WHO formed a national Network for research and advocacy for improving working conditions of healthcare workers

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.