ILO Country Office for Pakistan (CO-Islamabad)

Welcome to the ILO Country Office for Pakistan! The Office was established in 1970 and has since worked to provide technical assistance to the ILO tripartite constituents and other stakeholders to promote decent work and social justice. More

What's new

  1. Rights at Work

    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.

  2. International Labour Standards

    Training on International Labour Standards Reporting

    21-23 January, 2015

    A three days training on reporting on International Labour Standards is being attended by 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 are participating in the training.

  3. Rights at Work

    First Domestic Workers’ Trade Union registered in Pakistan

    16 January 2015

    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.

  4. Gender equality

    Pakistan ranks second lowest in countries with women in top management

    12 January 2015

    While women are still under-represented in top management, the number of women in senior and middle management positions has increased over the last 20 years, a new study by the ILO Bureau for Employers’ Activities finds. But Pakistan ranks 107th, second lowest, just above Yemen.

  5. Op-Ed

    SAARC commits to helping migrant workers

    18 December 2014

  6. Buyers' Meeting

    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.

  7. Buyers’ Meeting

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

    15 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.

  8. Decent Work

    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

  9. Occupational Safety & Health

    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.

  10. 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.

  11. Textile Summit

    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.

  12. Humanitarian Support

    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’.

  13. Gender for Development

    2nd ILO Journalism awards 2014

    24 October 2014

    The ILO in Pakistan under its Project on Promoting Gender Equality for Decent Employment (GE4DE) announces call for entries for the 2nd ILO Journalism Awards for excellence in gender responsive journalism.

  14. Occupational Safety & Health

    Sindh Government prepares first ever Policy on Occupational Safety & Health

    18 September 2014

    The first ever draft provincial Policy on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) was unveiled in Karachi today by the Sindh Labour Department in a tripartite consultation with Employers, Workers, Civil society organizations and media.

  15. Entrepreneurship

    ILO's global training module on entrepreneurship launched in Pakistan

    01 September 2014

    The ILO and the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan launched a new programme today to strengthen women's entrepreneurship in Pakistan.

  16. Child and Bonded Labour

    Two days orientation session on “Provincial Survey on Child and Bonded Labour” and “Child and Bonded Labour Monitoring and Reporting System”

    29 August 2014

    Department of Labour and Human Resource, Government of the Punjab organized the two day orientation session on "Provincial Survey on Child and Bonded Labour" and "Child and Bonded Labour Monitoring and Reporting System" with the technical support of ILO Country Office, Pakistan.

  17. International Labour Standards

    ILO and Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA) agree to jointly promote ‘International Labour Standards in Textile Industries in Pakistan’

    20 August 2014

    The Pakistan Textiles Exporters Association has partnered with ILO for technical assistance in helping the association and its members in designing, developing and enforcing a self-inspection system.

  18. Training

    Making businesses better: ILO training for entrepreneurship

    20 August 2014

    Thirty trainers from all over Pakistan are being trained on ILO's global module, Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to strengthen business incubation centres.

  19. Green Jobs

    Technical workshop on Green Jobs and Green Entrepreneurship

    13 August 2014

    The Livelihood Restoration, Protection and Sustainable Empowerment of Vulnerable Peasant Communities in Sindh Province (LRP) in collaboration with the ILO regional office Bangkok organized the first three day technical workshop on “Green Jobs and Green Entrepreneurship”.