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. Studying examples of good labour migration governance: A Pakistani government delegation visits Sri Lanka

    04 January 2016

    Three government officials from the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development and the Punjab Department of Labour and Human Resource visited Sri Lanka on 21-23 December 2015 to study their labour migration management system.


  1. From landless Peasant to successful Entrepreneurs

    18 December 2015

    First Women-owned Bakery and Computer Training Centre inaugurated in Mirpurkhas

  2. Labour Inspection a top priority of the Government

    17 December 2015

    The Government of Pakistan has embarked on a comprehensive process of reforming the country's labour inspection regime.

  3. Narratives of Empowerment - Training Workshop on Professional TV News Media Reporting of Working Women Held in Karachi

    15 December 2015

    Pakistan’s leading national and regional TV channels and online media participated in 2 day training workshop on gender and labour sensitive reporting, aimed at improving coverage of women with narratives of positivity and empowerment

  4. Textile exporting units in Faisalabad trained on compliance with Labour Standards

    09 December 2015

    From 8-22 December 2015, the ILO in collaboration with the Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA) and Oxfam-Novib will run a series of seminars covering eight thematic areas on International Labour Standards. The seminars target management and workers in 12 textile exporting industrial units in Faisalabad with the objective of raising awareness on and enhancing compliance with labour standards and labour laws in the textile sector of Pakistan.

  5. Government reaffirms its commitment to eradicate child and bonded labour from Balochistan

    24 November 2015

    During a one day high level consultative meeting on Child and Bonded Labour held on 24th November 2015, the Government of Baluchistan re-affirmed its commitment to address the challenge and called on stakeholders to work closely together.

  6. Towards a Decent Work Network with academia

    16 November 2015

    A one day consultation was convened with the School of Economics at Quaid-e-AZam University in Islamabad, Pakistan to explore ways of establishing a Decent Work Network with academia in Pakistan.

  7. Preliminary results of ‘Female Labour Force Survey’ and ‘Situation Analysis of Domestic Workers’ disseminated

    03 November 2015

    On 28th October 2015, the ILO’s Project on Promoting Decent Work for Decent Employment (GE4DE) funded by DFTAD disseminated the findings of two critical surveys i.e. Female Participation in the Labour Force. The findings will be vital in informing policy, legal and regulatory changes that facilitate women’s productive participation in the world of work.

  8. Enterprise improvement and regulation in textiles high on Buyers’ Forum agenda in Pakistan

    30 October 2015

    The fourth Buyers Forum in Pakistan held on 29th October 2015 agreed on a road map covering three areas including compliance with international labour standards; joint advocacy for better policy, laws and regulations and communications for more effective coordination and cooperation.

  9. Promoting safe migration from Pakistan: Induction training of staff for Migrant Resource Centres in Islamabad and Lahore

    29 October 2015

    Participants from the two recently established Migrant Resource Centres in Islamabad and Lahore received training to better equip their clients – the migrants - with knowledge and strategies to safeguard their labour and human rights throughout migration cycle.

  10. ILO’s Tripartite Constituents in Pakistan and Stakeholders Design the next Decent Work Country Program III (DWCP, 2016-2020)

    23 October 2015

    The Ministry of OPHRD, EFP and PWF embarked on the technical design of Pakistan’s third Decent Work Country Program. This was during a three day session facilitated by the ILO from 20-22 October 2015. The DWCP, which will be implemented over the period 2016-2020 is aligned to the country’s Vision 2025, will be inclusive in its implementation and takes into account the devolved structures of government as well as the Sustainable development Goals (SDG’s).

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    Increase awareness on Labour Migration for Pakistani workers

    28 September 2015

    The Punjab Labour and Human Resource Department is in the process of establishing the first ever Migrant Resource Centre in Pakistan. The centre, which is supported by the EU funded ILO-South Asia Labour Migration Governance Project, will provide a range of support services to (potential) migrant workers with the overall aim to make migration safe and profitable. The first stakeholder meeting was organized on 22 September 2015 to ensure full collaboration of all actors involved in making the centre a success.

  12. ILO’s tripartite partners commit to improving labour standards and promotion of decent work in Punjab province

    22 September 2015

    The Government of Punjab restated its commitment to fast track the existing labour inspection reform process. Workers and Employers highlighted ILO’s role in expanding the coverage of labour legislation to the informal sector including domestic workers, home based workers and agriculture workers.

  13. Seminar on Climate Change: Issues, challenges and opportunities confronting the peasants and farmer communities of Sindh Province

    11 September 2015

    The ILO through the One-UN Livelihood Restoration Project has improved the resilience of 662 households by providing them training and tools to diversify their livelihoods. While the climate change induced vulnerabilities of the farmer communities are increasing, there are opportunities emanating from timely adaptation, preparation and mitigation measures, capitalizing on which the peasants and the farmer communities most of whom are women, can positively transform their lives.

  14. Development of Pakistan’s Decent Work Country Program Commences

    04 September 2015

    The dialogue for the development of Pakistan’s Decent Work Country Program III (DWCP, 2016-2020) set off with a tripartite meeting convened by the Ministry of Overseas Pakistan and Human Resource Development (OP-HRD). The meeting saw the agreement on four broad priorities encompassing employment creation, social protection, ILS compliance and stronger worker and employer organizations.

  15. Sindh acknowledges ILO’s assistance

    02 September 2015

    Tripartite partners had a consented viewpoint in ILO’s assistance to Sindh over the years. Workers paid fraternal regards to ILO Country Director Francesco d’Ovidio on the extraordinary achievements specially after the Baldia tragedy, some three years back. Sindh Government’s representative reaffirmed their commitment to take ahead the labour inspection reform process. Employers federation highlighted ILO’s role in creation of province wide tripartite forum, providing equal voice to all labour market actors. Mr d’Ovidio urged the need to divert attention on developing next Decent Work Country Plan for Pakistan.

  16. National Gender Sensitive Labour Inspection Database Launched by the Government

    02 September 2015

    The Gender Sensitive Labour Inspection System (GSIS) web portal has been developed under the ILO’s project on ‘Promoting Gender Equality for Decent Employment’ (GE4DE), as part of its work with provincial governments’ Departments of Labour (DOL) to mainstream gender in labour inspection. The system is aimed at assisting the Labour Inspectors in their routine inspections by providing measurable indicators for gauging progress against gender-inclusive target.

  17. Employers committed to more and better jobs through socially responsible labour practices in Pakistan

    01 September 2015

    Employers pledged their commitment to create more and better jobs through socially responsible labour practices in the Sialkot sports goods industry. Almost 50 representatives from business, workers and the government attended the awareness raising seminar held on 27 August under ILO’s project “More and Better Jobs through Socially Responsible Labour practices in Pakistan”.

  18. First Project Advisory Committee-ILO, PTEA Public Private Partnership

    25 August 2015

    On 25th August 2015, the first meeting of the Project Advisory Committee (PAC) for the ‘Public Private Partnership (PPP) for ILS Compliance and Reporting in Textile Sector in Faisalabad’ was convened and chaired by Mr Khizar Hayat, Federal Secretary, Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development.

  19. Efforts launched to combat child labour in Punjab’s brick kilns

    25 August 2015

    The ILO in Pakistan in collaboration with the Government of Punjab launched an enrolment campaign of Brick Kiln workers children into the educational system. Under this campaign government of Punjab will provide free education, school bags and books to the brick kiln children enrolled to schools.