Areas of work

Foundry, Lahore. © ILO

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Promoting decent work is a shared responsibility of the ILO and its constituents which includes the Government, employers, workers and other stakeholders.

Four broad priority areas that emerged from the first National Plan of Action and Decent Work Country Programme and that remain relevant within the current National Plan of Action for Decent Work (NPADW, 2010 – 2015) provide the basis for the ILO’s areas of work:
  • Labour law reform;
  • Employment generation through human resource development, with a focus on employable skills;
  • Social protection expansion, including in the informal economy; and
  • Tripartism and social dialogue promotion.

The ILO’s Strategic Policy Framework (2010 – 2015) and the Biennial Programme & Budget (2010-2011), adopted by the ILO’s Governing Body, provide the basis for the ILO’s programmatic and technical support over the next six years. More specifically the ILO’s current areas of work in Pakistan focus on:
  • The application of the 36 ratified ILO Conventions (International Labour Standards);
  • Enhancing the capacities of government, employers’ and workers’ organisations to provide institutional services and products that facilitate decent work, and especially in pursuit of equality of opportunity and non-discrimination;
  • Enabling the labour market environment for more and better quality jobs in line with the National;
  • Employment Policy and especially systems for the enhancement of competency-based skills for greater employability. Enhancing opportunities for green jobs is also a priority;
  • Supporting the operationalisation of the National Policy & Plan of Action to Eliminate Child Labour and the National Policy & Plan of Action to Abolish Bonded Labour;
  • Supporting the implementation of the National Labour Policy and other policies that promote and facilitate decent work, including the Labour Protection and Inspection policies, the National Skills Strategy, the National Youth and Education policies and Gender Reform Action Plan;
  • Enhancing the protection and working conditions of the more vulnerable and marginalized, and especially in the informal economy which employs the majority of non-agriculture workers in Pakistan; and
  • Enhancing opportunities for decent work, with the requisite protections, in other countries.