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. Government, Employers’ and Workers’ Organizations sign “Joint Statement of Commitment” to promote “Safety and Health at Workplace” in Sindh Province

    06 December 2012

    The Government of Sindh jointly with stakeholders has developed a consensus for action plan to prevent Baldia Factory Fire like incidents in future during a day long consultation in Karachi.

  2. European Union and ILO support minimum age for employment to be set at 14 years

    09 October 2012

    A European Union funded and ILO implemented project Combating Abusive Child Labour (CACL-II), has supported that the minimum age for employment should be set at 14 years. This is in compliance with the ILO Convention no. 138 on “minimum age in employment”.

  3. Pakistan must ensure Decent Work for its 55 million work force

    20 September 2012

    The Government, and employers’ and workers’ organisations in Pakistan reaffirmed their commitment to promoting social justice through decent work today!

  4. ILO response to factory fires in Karachi

    13 September 2012

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) is deeply shocked and concerned to learn of the death of more than 280 workers in a factory fire in Karachi. The ILO extends its condolences to the families of the victims.

  5. ILO-GIZ’s joint initiative for Pakistan, Afghanistan & Uzbekistan: Overcoming Post-Conflict Economic Challenges through Private Sector Development

    07 September 2012

    A new approach involving private sector to overcome economic challenges in post-conflict situation has been introduced to donors and practitioners from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan.

  6. WOMEN - Only 2 per cent trade union members in the formal and invisible in the informal economy

    08 August 2012

    Women constitute only 2 per cent membership of the trade unions in Pakistan, this figure does not even include informal economy of which more than 70% are women. This alarming figure was shared in a training workshop, “Training of trainers in developing women leadership in trade unions” held at Naran from 28 July to 8 August 2012.

  7. ILO, UNICEF, UNESCO & EU observed World Day against Child Labour in Pakistan

    18 June 2012

    ILO jointly with UNICEF, UNESCO and EU organised seminar on 12 June to observe the World Day Against Child Labour in Pakistan.

  8. Innovative approaches to workforce training: ILO prepares a group of trainers in Pakistan

    04 June 2012

    Islamabad: The ILO, together with the Sindh Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (STEVTA) is initiating for the first Competency Based Training and Assessment in Sindh.

  9. ILO & UNHCR plan to address Decent Work Deficits of Afghan Refugee and Host Communities in Pakistan

    24 April 2012

    Islamabad: The tri-partite stake holders endorsed the broad joint strategy of ILO- UNHCR to provide support to workers from Afghan Refugees and Host Communities under the Afghan Management and Repatriation Strategy.

  10. UN holds National Workshop on Youth Employment in Pakistan

    11 April 2012

    Islamabad: ILO, UNDP and UNFPA jointly arranged a National workshop titled “Contemporary Issues of Youth employment in Pakistan” here today. The workshop was arranged in the backdrop of high priority given to youth employment issues in the upcoming International Labour Conference in Geneva in June 2012.

  11. ILO & UN Women sign Letter of Intent for joint collaboration in Pakistan

    21 March 2012

    Islamabad: ILO and UN Women have signed Letter of Intent to develop a common approach for better coordination and cooperation to work effectively on advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment initiatives.

  12. National Highway Police will ensure decent public transport for working women

    09 February 2012

    Islamabad: The National Highways and Motorway Police (NH&MP) will actively promote a decent environment in public transport particularly for women passengers and will impart sensitization training to drivers, conductors and transport union in this regard.

  13. Consensus on new child labour prohibition law

    09 February 2012

    Islamabad: Four Provincial Labour Departments have agreed to draft a law to eliminate child labour from Pakistan. The new provincial law prohibiting child labour will replace the existing Employment of Children Act (ECA) 1991.


  1. Three days training of labour officials convened on International Labour Standards: Concepts, practices, and reporting challenges

    22 December 2011

    ILO Islamabad office convened a three day training workshop from 19-21 December, 2011 jointly with Labour and Human Resource Department, Government of Punjab in Lahore, the provincial capital.

  2. Developing skills for real jobs in Pakistan: ILO brings Industry leaders and TEVTAs together on workforce competency

    08 December 2011

    ILO brings Industry leaders and TEVTAs together on workforce competency

  3. Tripartite Consultation to update Decent Work Country Programme (2010-2015) ends

    23 November 2011

    Islamabad (ILO News) ILO Country Office for Pakistan has concluded two days tripartite consultation to update Decent Work Country Programme (2010-2015)in Islamabad.

  4. ILO's 15th Asia Pacific Regional Meeting to be held in Kyoto, Japan

    15 November 2011

    The 15th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting (APRM) of the International Labour Organization (ILO) will take place from 4-7 December 2011 at the Kyoto International Convention Centre (KICC), Kyoto, Japan.

  5. Asia and the Pacific: Bipartite Worker-Employer Workshop on Decent Work

    21 October 2011

  6. Colombo: Sub Regional Seminar on Strengthening Union Capacity in order to Achieve Decent Work

    19 October 2011

  7. ILO launched “Cash for Work” Project for the flood-affected people in Sindh

    13 October 2011

    In response to floods in Sindh, ILO has launched “Cash for Work” Project for the flood-affected people in Districts of Badin and Mirpurkhas. Mr. Francesco d’Ovidio, Country Director, ILO office for Pakistan while launching the “Cash for Work for Flood Affected People” project stated, “This project will generate more than 35,000 of person day of employment to the flood affected people”.