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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Mega event to mark the World Day against Child Labour-2018

    09 July 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) and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Department of Labour in arranging a mega event in Peshawar on July 10, 2018 to mark the World Day against Child Labour (WDACL). The event was held under the theme ‘Generation Safe & Healthy’

  12. Businesses re-affirm their commitment to promote decent work in supply chains

    28 June 2018

    On 28th June, the 2nd Business Round Table on Promoting Decent Work and Fundamental Rights in Value Chains was convened under the aegis of Child Labour Platform . Stakeholders affirmed their commitment to promote decent work in supply chains by identifying specific measures to be taken. The event was organized under the ILO-Stora Enso Partnership that aims to eliminate child labour and promote decent work in supply chains, with a focus on Pakistan

  13. Sindh labour department completes the consultation process of drafting rules of business for implementation of labour laws

    27 June 2018

    The Government of Sindh with the technical support of ILO’s German funded project on Labour Standards in Global Supply Chains and the EU funded International Labour and Environmental Standards in Pakistan’s SME’s organised its’ second tripartite plus stakeholders consultation from 26-27 June 2018. The objective of the consultation was to gather inputs on its draft Rules of Business for the recently promulgated labour laws.

  14. Chief inspectors of mines express determination to safeguard the lives of miners

    27 June 2018

    A national consultative meeting of the Chief Inspectors of Mines (CIMs) was convened in Quetta to foster experience sharing and discuss capacity building needs for the improvement of working and safety conditions in the mining sector of Pakistan.

  15. Promoting equality and confronting violence and harassment in the world of work

    24 May 2018

    A high level experts group meeting discussed various aspects of violence and harassment in the world of work the implementation of Conventions 100 and 111.

  16. Assessment of skill gaps and Decent Work deficits in selected agro food value chains

    11 May 2018

    Over 30 representatives from Govt. of Glgit Baltistan Province; UN; INGOs; Academia an famer’s groups unanimously validated the key findings of the Assessment Study, presented by Baltistan Cultural Development Foundation (BCDF) at the workshop in Gilgit. The study was commissioned under One UN project on Agro-food value chains, jointly being implemented by ILO and UNIDO. The study aimed to identify the skills gaps and decent work deficits in the value chains of cherry; apple and trout fish in GB province. The findings will help design the skills development initiatives to address the identified gaps and help farmers and processors to bring improvements in the working conditions and livelihood.

  17. 13th annual employer awards on Occupational Safety and Health

    07 May 2018

    Every year worldwide 28th April marks World Day for Safety and Health at Work. This year was commemorated under the theme “Generation Safe and Healthy”. In Pakistan this day was marked by the ILO and its constituents through an event hosted by the Employers Federation of Pakistan (EFP) in Karachi on 7th May to reaffirm their commitment towards the common goal of safer workplaces and healthy workers in Pakistan. The event was attended by 175 delegates from the employer community, workers representatives, chamber of commerce and related federal and provincial government officials.  

  18. Sindh Labour Department embarks on the implementation of labour laws by drafting rules of business

    04 May 2018

    The legislative process does not stop once a bill becomes law. To put laws into practice rules formation is a key step. The Labour and Human Resource Department Sindh took lead and organized a two day tripartite plus consultation on 3rd and 4th May 2018 to draft rules for six labour laws.

  19. Concluding Seminar of the Project: More and Better Jobs through Socially Responsible Labour Practices in Sports Goods Sector in Sialkot-Pakistan

    30 April 2018

    The Multinational Enterprises (MNE) Declaration Project “More and Better Jobs through Socially Responsible Labour Practices in the Sialkot Sports Good Sector” funded by Japan showcased good practices, disseminated the results and shared the lessons learned on 30 April 2018 during a concluding ceremony held in Islamabad. The project strengthened understanding and increased awareness among the stakeholders on the MNE Declaration, Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (FPRW) and Occupational

  20. Sialkot sports goods sector promotes a level playing field

    16 April 2018

    The Employers Federation of Pakistan in collaboration with Baidarie and with the technical assistance of ILO under the Japan Government funded Project on “More and Better Jobs through Socially Responsible Labour Practices in the sports goods industry in Sialkot” held a sensitization event with stakeholders on the importance of sports activities to achieve decent work.