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

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  1. Partnerships

    ILO and the Netherlands sign agreement to strengthen labour inspection systems in Pakistan

    02 July 2015

    Over the next three years, the Royal Kingdom of Netherlands and the ILO will partner to support the Government of Pakistan in strengthening the country's Labour Inspection framework.

  2. Soccer Ball Industry Model replicable for child labour elimination in GSP+ business environment

    29 June 2015

    Over 50 representatives from Government, Workers, Employers and economic sectors endorsed the Sialkot Soccer Ball Industry Model as a way forward for other industries to do business in the current GSP+ environment. This was during the final World Day Against Child Labour commemorative event convened by the Employers Federation of Pakistan (EFP) in Lahore.

  3. Third Buyers Meeting on the Textile Sector in Pakistan

    23 June 2015

    The third Buyers Forum in Pakistan convened with a total of 19 international brand representatives on 23rd June 2015. The Buyers reaffirmed their commitment to better labour and environmental practices in the textile sector. The buyers also agreed to support three key areas i.e. strengthening labour inspection regime, addressing issues of contractual employment and supporting smaller manufacturers to improve international labour standards compliance.

  4. The United Nations in Pakistan convene a National Consultation on Youth Employment

    17 June 2015

    ILO and UNDP Pakistan convened a national consultation to discuss the current issues and constraints faced by youth in getting decent employment in Pakistan. The consultation was held under the auspices of the 2015 National Human Development Report for Pakistan which has three concurrent themes on Education, Employment and Engagement. With 64% of Pakistan’s population under the age bracket of 29 years, youth will be a critical force for shaping human development in the Pakistan.

  5. Op-Ed

    NO to Child Labour, YES to Quality Education

    12 June 2015

    As Pakistan commemorates this year’s World Day Against Child Labour, the stakes are higher than ever before. This is because the world will experience a radical shift in its approach to development post 2015 where employment will emerge as a pathway for poverty reduction and safeguards to ensure that employment creation is decent need to be taken.

  6. Repairing Collateral Damage; Decent Work for Temporarily Displaced Persons from North Waziristan Agency

    01 June, 2015

    In October 2014, the ILO initiated a project on Employable Skills Development for Improved Livelihoods of Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) as part of the UN System in Pakistan’s response to the crisis sparked by civil unrest. Since then, the project has imparted training to a total of 200 persons, 80 men and 120 women in marketable trades including competency based training in plumbing, electrical, tailoring and hand embroidery. The project is part of “Community Resilience Program” of the UNDP implemented through Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (KP-TEVTA).

  7. Start and improve your business in Pakistan

    21 May 2015

    In order to institutionalize entrepreneurship development and integrate it into regular Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), the ILO Project on "Promoting Gender Equality for Decent Employment (GE4DE)" is working with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan to strengthen their business incubation centers with gender mainstreamed entrepreneurship training based on ILO’s global module- Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB).

  8. Labour Migration

    The Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development and the ILO launches the first ever Migrant Resource Centre in Lahore

    06 May 2015

    The ILO in Pakistan, through its EU funded South Asia Labour Migration Governance Project, has entered into a partnership with the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development to establish the first Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) in Pakistan. The MRC will be based in the Protectorate of Emigrates offices in Lahore, a space that is visited by hundreds of Pakistani migrant workers on a daily basis. The MRC will provide a range of services including information on safe migration and foreign employment options, as well as other support services that will facilitate their migration process.

  9. World Day for Safety and Health at Work

    Government initiates dialogue on the ratification of convention 155- Occupational safety and health and the working environment

    06 May 2015

    In Pakistan, Safe Day celebrations on 28th April 2015 were characterised by a series of events across the country including the 10th OSH awards organised by the Employers Federation of Pakistan (EFP) in collaboration with the Pakistan Workers Federation (PWF), the Provincial and Federal Labour departments and the International Labour Organization (ILO). The event brought together over 170 participants and during the event, the Federal Government announced its intention to initiate social dialogue on the ratification of Convention 155 concerning Occupational Safety and Health and the Working Environment.

  10. Interview

    Pakistan improves its adherence to International Labour Standards

    01 May 2015

    In an exclusive interview with Radio Pakistan's News and Current Affairs Channel on the occasion of International Labor Day- ILO Country Director, Mr Francesco d'Ovidio, noted a positive difference in Pakistan's adherence to international labour standards (ILS). He cited the private sector as an example where the response to ILS has become part of the sectors competitive strategy for maintaining access to international markets.

  11. Public-private partnership

    Stora Enso and ILO sign unique partnership to promote decent work and combat child labour

    22 April 2015

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) and Stora Enso have entered into a unique public-private partnership to strengthen Stora Enso’s global policy and efforts to promote decent work and progressively eliminate child labour in its value chain in Pakistan.

  12. Provincial assembly Khyber Pakhtunkhwa unanimously passes Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act 2015

    13 April 2015

    Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act 2015 was passed unanimously by the provincial assembly on 6th of April 2015. This new Act has 28 articles which provide for the prohibition of the slavery and debt bondage and regulates matters leading to debt bondage of workers. Once assented to by the Governor KP, the Act will be applicable throughout the province of KP.

  13. 323rd session of the ILO Governing Body

    Right to strike: What are the experiences from Pakistan?

    31 March 2015

    The right to strike is one of the topics of discussion at the 323rd session of the ILO Governing Body, which was held in Geneva from 12 to 27 March 2015. In this interview, Mohammad Zahoor Awan, General Secretary of the Pakistan Workers ‘Federation (PWF) explains the challenges related to right to strike in South Asia. Mr. Awan also highlights the experiences from Pakistan on the right to strike.

  14. GE4DE News, Volume 6

    31 March 2015

    Sustainability, efficiency and effectiveness is what ILO’s project on “Promoting Gender Equality and Decent Employment” in Pakistan is focusing in the last year of its project life cycle. The latest newsletter highlights results within the sectors of media, textiles, trade unions and legislation among others. Read more to get an insight on the effective changes aimed at facilitating gender equality in the world of work in Pakistan.

  15. Agricultural Workers

    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.

  16. 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.

  17. Survey on “Measuring migration costs for low-skilled migrant workers from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia and the UAE”

    24 March 2015

    ILO is embarking on an exciting collaboration with the Lahore School of Economics (LSE) by commissioning a survey on “Measuring Migration Costs for Low-Skilled Migrant Workers from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia and the UAE” under the South Asia Labour Migration Governance (SALM) Project funded by the EU.

  18. Labour standards in global supply chains: A programme for action in Asia and the garment sector

    1 December 2014 - 30 November 2015

    In collaboration with Germany’s BMZ, the ILO will take up challenges to labour standards and working conditions arising from globalised garment production, focusing on Cambodia, Indonesia and Pakistan. The ILO’s Pakistan Office will work with its tripartite social partners, the Government, Pakistan Workers’ Federation and Employers’ Federation of Pakistan to improve labour market governance and working conditions throughout the globalised supply chain.

  19. Journalism Awards

    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.

  20. Employment promotion

    The Changemaker

    06 March 2015

    Asma Ahmad Sheikh has helped people in rural Pakistan get training and set up their own businesses. Her work as a Changemaker led to her winning in a global skills competition.

  21. Domestic Workers

    Giving rights to millions of domestic workers in Pakistan

    26 February 2015

    Promoting Gender Equality for Pakistan, an ILO project funded by the Canadian government, is working with tripartitie partners in Punjab to bring rights and recognition to domestic workers.

  22. Migrant Workers

    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).

  23. 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 on 27 February 2015. 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.

  24. Social justice

    Social justice essential for Decent Work for women

    21 February 2015

    Women and men from trade unions from all around Pakistan came together for Social Justice Day on February 21st, in Lahore, at a workshop organised by Pakistan Workers' Federation to share their success stories in promoting gender equality in their organisations, from equal wages to establishing new trade unions.

  25. Child care

    Balancing work and home through child care centres

    20 February 2015

    Parliamentarians, workers, employers and civil society representatives committed to promoting the provision of child care for working parents from low-income groups. A group of influential stakeholders met on Friday 20 February 2015 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.

  26. Partnership Agreement

    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.

  27. New ILO Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific

    09 February 2015

    Ms Tomoko Nishimoto has taken up her post as the ILO's Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific since 12 January 2015.

  28. Protection

    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.

  29. Training

    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.

  30. Rights

    Domestic workers' rights: Let's keep the momentum

    26 January 2015

    Very few of the estimated 53 million domestic workers worldwide are covered by labour laws. In 2011, the ILO's Member States adopted the Domestic Workers' Convention (N°189) to protect their rights, promote equality of opportunity and treatment, and improve working and living conditions. So far, 17 countries have ratified this convention. Let's keep the momentum!

  31. 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.

  32. International Labour Standards

    Training on International Labour Standards Reporting

    21-23 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. Op-Ed

    SAARC commits to helping migrant workers

    18 December 2014

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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