Labour inspection

Eleventh batch of national labour inspectors’ training program completed

The ILO Country Office in Pakistan organized a three day training for the 2nd batch of Labour Inspectors of the Department of Labour Punjab under its Dutch funded project on Strengthening Labour Inspection Systems in Pakistan (SLISP) bring the total number of Labour Inspectors trained to 302 (292 men and 10 women from Balochistan, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, AJK, ICT, GB and Punjab).

Press release | Lahore, Pakistan | 19 January 2018
LAHORE (ILO News): The eleventh batch of the National Labour Inspectors’ Training Program was completed on 18th January, 2017 in Lahore in collaboration with the Department of Labour Punjab. A total of 30 participants including five women attended the training with the objective of improving theoretical and practical competencies of the labour inspectors on a) labour inspection regulatory frameworks, b) Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (FPRW) and c) contemporary labour inspection methodologies/skills.

Dr Sohail Shahzad, Additional Secretary Labour, addressing the certificate distribution ceremony highlighted the need for continued capacity building of the labour inspectorates in order to meet the demands and challenges labour inspections in Pakistan. Dr Shahzad also acknowledged the International Labour Organisation (ILO) for its continued support to the government of Punjab and thanked the Netherlands Government for providing financial resources for the training program. He also requested the ILO to assist the Labour Department in revamping its training wing as a means of sustaining the ongoing capacity building efforts.

Speaking on behalf of the ILO, Mr Zishan Ahmad Siddiqi, National Project Coordinator for the Project on Strengthening Labour Inspection System in Pakistan (SLISP) stated that having a stronger Labour Inspection System as a means of promoting labour laws compliance was an essential condition for preventing fatal industrial accidents, safeguarding labour rights and improving industrial harmony in Pakistan.

ILO’s Dutch funded project on SLISP is implementing a nationwide training program for labour inspecting staff. Todate, a total of 302 labour inspectors [292 men and 10 women] from Balochistan, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, AJK, ICT, GB and Punjab have been trained. The project plans to train two more batches for Labour Inspectors of Punjab province to conclude this national training program.