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. Awareness raising seminars conducted on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work for cotton growing communities in district Sanghar

    22 April 2019

    Under the ILO-INDITEX PPP, two community level awareness raising seminars were conducted in district Sanghar benefiting 159 participants (cotton growing communities and local key stakeholders) to strengthen their understanding on the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (FPRW) and Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in the cotton supply chain.

  2. © World Future Council 2021

    Awarding innovative policies to empower youth

    18 April 2019

    National, local and regional governments and non-governmental organizations are encouraged to showcase decent work policies that help youth reach their full potential.

  3. ILO pilots Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises (SCORE) training programme in Pakistan

    01 April 2019

    The International Labour and Environmental Standards Application in Pakistan’s SMEs (ILES), a project of ILO, funded by the European Union, piloted SCORE training programme in Pakistan. Ten large textile enterprises and 13 consultants were trained in workplace cooperation, quality management, clean production, human resource management and occupational safety and health.

  4. Working session with labour force survey team on the framework of fundamental principles and rights at work, their measurement and the related issues

    29 March 2019

    ILO Country Office for Pakistan, through its European Union (EU) funded project ‘Sustaining Strengthened National Capacities to Improve International Labour Standards (ILS) Compliance and Reporting in Relevant EU Trading Partners’ engages the Labour Force Survey Team of the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics on the Framework of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, their measurement and the related issues.

  5. Enhancing occupational safety and health at enterprise level

    12 March 2019

    A series of training on Occupational Safety and Health for enterprises in the textile and leather sectors were conducted in Lahore, Punjab

  6. Promoting fundamental principles and rights at work among cotton growing communities in Pakistan

    04 March 2019

    Two awareness raising seminars were organized for the cotton growing communities of Multan district in cooperation with FAO.

  7. Unified national qualification frameworks: A way forward for greater mobility of Pakistani migrant workers

    04 February 2019

    The ILO Country Office for Pakistan organized stakeholders’ workshop to present the state of national qualification framework for higher education and vocational skills in Pakistan, highlighting the strengths; weakness; implementation challenges and the way forward to enhance the mobility of Pakistani migrants.


  1. Garment sector stakeholders’ firm on ensuring compliance with labour standards

    19 December 2018

    GSSF members concurred that policy and advocacy on formulating a wage policy framework is a key step towards minimum wage reforms.

  2. How should minimum wages be determined?

    10 December 2018

    A technical session on Minimum Wage determination was organised as part of a knowledge sharing initiative by the BMZ funded project of the ILO ‘Labour Standards in Global Supply Chains: A Programme of Action for Asia and the Garment Sector’ (LSGSC).

  3. Awareness raising campaign on OSH in the construction sector of Karachi

    06 December 2018

    The ILO under its Dutch funded project on “Strengthening Labour Inspection System in Pakistan (SLISP)” supported the Labour and Human Resources Department of Sindh in implementing an awareness raising campaign on Occupational Safety and Health in the construction sector of Karachi.

  4. Global Wage Report 2018/19: What lies behind Gender Pay Gap

    28 November 2018

    The ILO country office for Pakistan organised a technical session on the Global Wage Report 2018/19 as part of its centenary activities.

  5. Consultative meeting on Trade related Investment Policy Framework (TRIPF)

    12 November 2018

    The EU funded project ‘Sustaining strengthened national capacities to improve ILS compliance and reporting in relevant EU trading partners’ supported Employers’ Federation of Pakistan (EFP) to let employers brainstorm the labour market implications of the TRIPF and inform it with their inputs.

  6. The future of work and the significance of effective collective bargaining and negotiations

    05 October 2018

    The Labour Standards in Global Supply Chains (LSGSC) project, funded by German Ministry for Development Cooperation (BMZ) & Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO) completed a four-day training on collective bargaining and negotiations skills during 24-27 September 2018 in Lahore, Pakistan.

  7. Stakeholders committed to promote fundamental principles and rights at work in Pakistan’s cotton, textile and garment value chains

    04 October 2018

    The ILO office in Pakistan carved out the roadmap for the elimination of child and forced labour and towards promoting fundamental principles and rights at work (FPRW) in the cotton, textile and garment value chains in Pakistan. These interventions will be spearheaded by two new projects of the ILO funded by the EU & INDITEX.

  8. Enhancing occupational safety and health (OSH) at enterprise level

    08 September 2018

    The International Labour Organization under its project “International Labour and Environmental Standards Application in Pakistan’s SMEs (ILES)” organized a series of the trainings on occupational safety and health for enterprises in the textile and leather sectors in Sindh, Karachi.

  9. Collective bargaining and effective negotiation skills for industrial harmony

    19 August 2018

    The ILO Pakistan Office, under its flagship project, Labour Standards in Global Supply Chains (LSGSC), organized a four day training workshop on ‘Collective Bargaining and Negotiations Skills’ in Karachi from 15-18 August, 2018.

  10. The Government of Gilgit-Baltistan embarks on the development of a Youth Employment Strategy

    09 August 2018

    The ILO in collaboration with the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan and Prime Ministers’ Youth Programme (PMYP) held consultative workshops on Youth Employment Framework in Gilgit and Skardu as part of a series of consultations across the country aimed at devising consensus based strategies for youth employment and empowerment.

  11. Fourteenth cohort of national labour inspectors’ training program completed

    09 August 2018

    The fourteenth cohort and fifth batch of inspecting staff of the Department of Labour Punjab were trained under the ILO’s Dutch funded project on Strengthening Labour Inspection Systems in Pakistan (SLISP). This brings the number of trained inspecting staff to 403 inspecting staff [ i.e. 385 men and 18 women] from Balochistan, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, AJK, ICT, GB and Punjab.

  12. Government empowers a Steering Committee (SC) to steer the implementation of the Pakistan’s DWCPIII

    01 August 2018

    The Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development convened the first meeting of the Steering Committee on Pakistan’s third Decent Work Country Programme). The meeting took stock of the progress of the DWCP-III and discussed strategies and the way forward to enhance its implementation and monitoring.

  13. South-South and Triangular Cooperation for strengthening workplace injury compensation system in Pakistan

    16 July 2018

    ILO Country Office in Islamabad organised a one-day Consultation gathering National Social Security Institutions, relevant Departments and Organisations, and four provincial ESSI representatives to discuss the challenges and develop the province-specific strategy to reform Pakistan Social Security System.