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. 3.6 million jobs may have been affected by the floods in Pakistan

    28 September 2022

    2.36 to 3.6 million jobs may have been lost and/or disrupted as a result of the worst ever floods in the history of Pakistan that devastated more than 84 districts of Pakistan, the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and HRD briefed the media on initial estimates calculated by the ILO.

  2. Pakistan considers ratifying two ILO fundamental conventions on Occupational Safety and Health

    21 September 2022

    Pakistan, paving the way towards ratification of two ILO fundamental Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) conventions, reviews its own policies and discusses the new ILO OSH conventions.

  3. Minister Overseas Pakistanis and HRD reaffirms its commitment to support workers and their families affected by floods in Pakistan

    20 September 2022

    ILO stands in full support of the Minister, Sajid Hussain Turi, to convene Provincial Governments and Social Partners to chalk out a coordinated roadmap for recovery and reconstruction and uplifting workers and their families out of turmoil in the aftermath of devastating floods.

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    ILO joins support for Pakistan after devastating floods

    19 September 2022

    The ILO has joined the combined UN effort to support Pakistan in the wake of the most severe flooding in the country’s recent history, including with the rollout of infrastructure rehabilitation and cash-for-work initiatives.

  5. Rapid assessment relating to child labour in garbage picking

    18 September 2022

    The ILO Office for Pakistan convened a stakeholders’ validation workshop in Karachi to present the key findings and recommendations coming from rapid assessment relating to child labour in garbage picking in Pakistan.

  6. Decent work priorities in Pakistan – Five-year plan (2023-27)

    04 September 2022

    The Government of Pakistan, Provincial Departments of Labour, Employers' and Workers' Organizations and other important stakeholders agreed on Promoting decent work at the core of Crises, Promoting social protection coverage for all, Strengthening application of International Labour Standards through Social Dialogue and promoting workplaces which are safe, healthy, family-friendly and free of violence and harassment as priorities for next five years.

  7. Launch of badge for prevention and elimination of child domestic labour

    31 August 2022

    ILO Office, Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training and Pakistan Girls Guide Association launched the Badge to prevent and eliminate child domestic labour in Pakistan

  8. ILO organizes “Dissemination Workshop on Gap Assessment Study on C-189” (Domestic Workers)

    18 August 2022

    ILO concluded a dissemination workshop in Islamabad on the “Gap Assessment Study on Convention 189” (Domestic Workers) to educate stakeholders on the identified legal gaps, share recommendations, and chalk out an advocacy plan of actions for stakeholders in pursuing Federal government to ratify the ILO Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No.189).

  9. Provincial Tripartite-plus Consultation - Karachi

    03 August 2022

    Government, Workers, Employers and other stakeholders set out priorities for labour market for the next five years

  10. Call for Action: Accelerating efforts towards prevention and elimination of child labour

    08 July 2022

    In commemoration of World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL), the ILO hosted a symposium under Asia Regional Child Labour (ARC) Project.

  11. National Consultation: Role of intermediaries /subagents in the foreign employment recruitment process

    27 June 2022

    A national consultation hosted by International Labour Organization (ILO) on "Role of intermediaries / subagents in the foreign employment recruitment process” at Islamabad, Pakistan to propose a set of policy recommendations including endorsement of national emigration and welfare labour policy.

  12. Pakistani Trade Unions join forces for solidarity and cooperation

    16 June 2022

    A 2-Day Experience Sharing Workshop: Strengthening Trade Union Strategy and Identifying New Priorities for Trade Unions’ Cooperation held on 15-16 June 2022 at ILO Office for Pakistan, Islamabad. H.E. Mr. Andreas Ferrarese, Ambassador to Pakistan Embassy of Italy was chief guest of the closing ceremony.

  13. Training of Trainers’ on Supporting Children’s Rights through Education, the Arts and the Media successfully concluded

    23 May 2022

    The CLEAR Cotton project built the capacity of 30 masters trainers on eliminating child labour in the cotton value chain thanks to the SCREAM methodology

  14. National Seminar on ‘International Day of Nurses’

    12 May 2022

    On eve of ‘International Nurses Day’, ILO and WHO formed a national Network for research and advocacy for improving working conditions of healthcare workers

  15. Fair foreign employment process and good practices discussed through policy measures to reduce exploitation and vulnerabilities of foreign migrant workers in Pakistan

    15 February 2022

    ILO in collaboration with the Ministry of Overseas Pakistani and Human Resource Development (MOP&HRD) and Department of Labour Baluchistan and constituents, hosted a policy dialogue in Quetta to identify the pathways to promote fair recruitment for foreign migrant workers and minimize the role of subagents/intermediaries in foreign employment recruitment in Pakistan.

  16. Promoting fair recruitment of foreign migrant workers through policy measures

    11 February 2022

    ILO hosts a policy dialogue to promote fair recruitment for intended migrant workers and minimize the role of intermediaries in foreign recruitment

  17. The government of Pakistan submits 41 pending ILO instruments to the parliament

    06 January 2022

    Pakistan Government finally submits pending ILO instruments to the Federal Parliament for consideration.

  18. ILO conducts a customized training on occupational safety and health for handloom small/ micro enterprises

    06 January 2022

    The ILO, Pakistan under its International Labour and Environmental Standards Application in Pakistan's SMEs (ILES) project, funded by the European Union, conducts customised trainings on Occupational Safety and Health for handloom small and micro enterprises in Islampur, Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.


  1. Measures discussed to reduce exploitation of Overseas Pakistanis in recruitment process

    23 November 2021

    An awareness raising and policy dialogue on promoting fair recruitment practices to reduce possible exploitation of migrant workers from Pakistan was arranged in Peshawar.

  2. Government initiates HealthWISE programme to improve working conditions of healthcare workers

    28 October 2021

    The first ‘HealthWISE Introductory Workshop’ was held in Islamabad today. The workshop was organized by the Directorate of Workers’ Education (DWE) – a subsidiary of Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis & Human Resource Development (OP&HRD) – with the technical support of the ILO and the WHO.