- Promoting international labour standards
- Employment/livelihood opportunities
- Social protection
- Social dialogue
Promoting international labour standards: ILO supports the tripartite social partners – employers, workers and the Government (Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, Provincial Departments of Labour) – to adopt and implement labour legislation in line with international labour standards at federal and provincial levels. Specific laws have been enacted to check child labour, bonded labour and other forms of exploitative work. ILO also provides technical support to establish a coordination mechanism between the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development and Provincial Labour Departments for effective reporting on international labour standards. Pakistan has ratified 36 international labour standards.
Employment/livelihood opportunities: ILO supports the tripartite constituents and other stakeholders in promoting more and better jobs for all with a focus on disadvantaged groups, including women, informal economy workers and persons with disabilities. The federal and provincial labour machinery is supported to improve working conditions for women and in developing policies that recognise informal economy workers (home-based and domestic workers). In the wake of devolution, provincial governments are being supported to develop evidence-based employment policies and strategies with Labour Market Information units established at provincial level.
Social protection: ILO is leading a group comprising UNICEF, UNDP, UN Women and GIZ, to implement the UN-wide approach of “Social Protection Floor” in Khyber Paktunkhwa. ILO is also working with the existing social security institutions to improve their services for formal sector workers and expand to informal economy workers.
Social dialogue: ILO supports the tripartite constituents in raising their voices and representation and helping them develop bipartite and tripartite forums for productive discussions. In the last two years, tripartite consultations have taken place on important issues such as “Labour Law Reforms”, “Promoting Gender Equality at Workplaces”, “Promoting Workplace Safety and Health” and “Improving Productivity through Congenial Work Environment”.
Ms. Christensen, Country Director International Labor Organization
Ms. Christensen has been an ILO staff member since 1988. She is a highly experienced official, with a wide-ranging knowledge of the development cooperation offered by the Organization, and has specialized in occupational safety and health issues. Prior to her appointment to Pakistan, she has been working as a Senior Specialist on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) at the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, in Bangkok. Since 2011 she held various positions in different ILO Offices in Asia, Africa and Europe.