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. Technical consultations on draft labour laws of Balochistan

    11 October 2017

    With the technical support of the ILO, the Directorate General of Labour Welfare Balochistan (DGLW) convened a technical consultation/ social dialogue meeting with tripartite plus stakeholders to gather on the draft labour laws of Baluchistan. This is part of the ongoing legislative development process following devolution in 2010.

  2. Ninth cohort of National Labour Inspectors’ Training Program completed

    20 September 2017

    The ninth cohort of the National Labour Inspectors’ Training Program took place in Muzaffarabad from 19-21 October, 2017 for the labour inspection staff from AJK, ICT and GB . This training was organised under the Dutch funded project on Strengthening Labour Inspection in Pakistan (SLISP).

  3. ILO ready to support KP Government to develop Youth Employment Framework

    28 August 2017

    ILO supported the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Prime Ministers’ Youth Programme in organizing a consultative workshop on Youth Employment Framework. The event took place on 29th August 2017 at Pearl Continental Hotel Peshawar. Stakeholders emphasized the need for developing Provincial Youth Employment Strategy for KP under the National Youth Employment Framework. The youth from KP and FATA discussed their challenges and opportunities regarding Employment. ILO is looking to provide support in organizing such consultations in other provinces and regions.

  4. Provincial Dialogue on Industrial Relations and Labour Laws - Baluchistan

    20 August 2017

    All Pakistan Labour Federation (APLF) during a worker's seminar arranged in Quetta with the technical support of ILO's EU funded Project on Sustaining GSP Plus in Pakistan highlighted the importance of increased trade unionism, collective bargaining and occupational safety and health for promoting decent work and thus industrial peace in the perspective of GSP Plus and international competitiveness of the country.

  5. Towards compliance with International Labour Standards through Social Dialogue in Pakistan

    27 July 2017

    During the National Labour Law Symposium held from 19-20 July, participants stressed the need to strengthen social dialogue for the implementation of the core labour standards ratified by Pakistan. Participants prioritized social dialogue as a means of achieving inclusive and sustainable economic growth and decent work in Pakistan. The National Labour Law Symposium was organized by the ILO, Continuing Legal Education Institute of Pakistan (CLEIP), US Department of Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP-USA) and USAID.

  6. A move towards technology based Labour Inspection Management Information Systems

    21 July 2017

    A national consultation was organised at ILO Country Office for Pakistan in Islamabad to provide to the statutory institutions an opportunity to discuss the potential of enhancing use of technology in the labour inspection. The envisaged advantages of introducing technology in labour inspection include improvement of inspection, data collection and reporting mechanisms thereby enhancing the outreach and quality of labour inspection.

  7. World day against child labour in conflicts and disasters - Protect children from the child labour

    11 June 2017

    On the 15th Anniversary of the World Day against Child Labour (WDACL), The ILO Pakistan Office, in collaboration with its tripartite constituents, UN and the Civil Society Organizations, is engaging in focused activities to raise awareness on elimination of child labour so that to reiterate its commitment towards a society, free of child labour and child abuse.

  8. Representatives of all trade unions in Balochistan get detailed orientation on International Labour Standards

    21 May 2017

    A day long orientation session on International Labour Standards was conducted with 18 Trade Union members representing three major workers' federations & affiliated unions of the province.

  9. ILO supported tripartite social dialogue on the draft labour laws in Balochistan

    19 May 2017

    The ILO Pakistan under its DG-Trade project funded by the EU provided technical assistance to Balochistan government for a tripartite social dialogue on the draft labour laws. A three days technical consultation followed a Provincial Tripartite Consultation Committee (PTCC) meeting were held in Quetta

  10. Tri-partite consultation workshop on improving compliance with and reporting of Core Labour Standards

    20 April 2017

    ILO in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (MoOPHRD) organized a tri-partite consultation workshop to contribute to greater understanding of the core international labour standards (ILS)

  11. Workshop on multinational enterprises, social policies and fundamental principles & rights at work

    16 March 2017

    A 3–day Workshop on Multinational Enterprises, Social Policies and Fundamental Principles & Rights at Work completed sucessfully under ILO’s Project on “More and better jobs through socially responsible labour practices in Asia” for the sport goods industry in Sialkot.

  12. ILO supported trade unions in AJK to develop plan for stronger role

    22 February 2017

    ILO organized a two-day workshop on 22-23 Feb 2017 for the Trade Unions in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) for capacity development as well as charting out a plan for strengthening of Trade Unions in AJK with a focus on leadership development, institutional strengthening, financial sustainability and expanded coverage.

  13. Tri-partite consultation workshop on improving the compliance and reporting of core labour standards

    15 February 2017

    The ILO in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development and with the financial assistance of the European Union organized a tri-partite plus workshop for the Provincial Tripartite Consultative Committees of Baluchistan and Sindh provinces. The workshop fostered greater understanding of core international labour standards and has helped in evolving a national action plan to strengthen the compliance and reporting of these standards.

  14. Provincial labour legislation reviewed and actions discussed

    23 January 2017

    ILO supported the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and HRD in organizing a two-day National Tripartite Consultation on ‘Labour Legislation in Post-Devolution Scenario’ on 17-18 January 2017 in Islamabad. It was the first opportunity for all Federal and Provincial Tripartite Consultative Committee members to jointly review progress on Labour Legislation and discuss actions for each Province/State/Region. Consultation was part of the ILO’s new project ‘Promoting International Labour & Environmental Standards in Pakistani SMEs (ILES)’ – funded by EU.


  1. A Task Force on promoting sustainable and responsible business in the Sialkot sports goods manufacturing sector is established

    30 December 2016

    A Task Force on promoting sustainable and responsible business in the Sialkot sports goods manufacturing sector under ILO’s Project “More and better jobs through socially responsible labour practices in Asia”, funded by the Government of Japan is established.

  2. Enhancing the role of Pakistani diaspora in national development discussed in a seminar

    23 December 2016

    “In commemoration of the ‘International Migrants Day’, ILO provided technical support to the Government of Pakistan, Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) – a subsidiary of the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (OP&HRD) for organizing a seminar on ‘Enhancing Role of Overseas Pakistanis in Nation Building’.

  3. First meeting of the Project Advisory Committee of Strengthening Labour Inspection System for Promoting Labour Standards and ensuring Workplace Compliance in Pakistan (SLISP) Project

    01 December 2016

    1st meeting of the Project Advisory Committee (PAC) was convened at the Ministry of OPHRD on 23rd November 2016.

  4. Promoting safe migration from Pakistan: Launch of labour migration research publications

    04 November 2016

    The launch of four studies on aspects of labour migration from Pakistan to GCC countries.

  5. ILO’s Promoting Gender Equality for Decent Employment (GE4DE) project successfully concluded

    31 October 2016

    The closing event of ILO’s national project “Promoting Gender Equality for Decent Employment (GE4DE)” as they recounted the successes and achievements of the project as well as the key lesson learnt during this journey.

  6. Three-day teachers’ training on Safe Migration for Decent Work in the GCC countries

    23 September 2016

    The ILO in partnership with the NAVTTC has developed an educational course on safe migration to improve migrants employment prospects in the GCC countries . 17 representatives from private and public TVET institutions and authorities from all over the Pakistan attended the three days training on Safe Migration for Decent Work in the GCC Countries.