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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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).

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Campaign

    2nd ILO Journalism awards 2014

    24 October 2014 - 15 February 2015

    The International Labour Organization (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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. Op-Ed

    SAARC commits to helping migrant workers

    18 December 2014

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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