QUETTA: Country Director of ILO Francesco d’Ovidio reaffirmed the organisation’s commitment to promotion of decent work agenda in Pakistan.

He said this in a meeting with provincial Secretary Labour and Manpower Department Hamid ul Kari and Director Saeed Ahmed on Tuesday. A tripartite stakeholder consultation provided an opportunity to highlight Balochistan-specific issues for Decent Work Agenda.

Appreciating commitments made by the provincial government and social partners for improving working conditions and workers’ welfare, Mr d’Ovidio commended the notification of tripartite consultative committee.

Labour legislation, policy and issues of workers in mining, fisheries and informal sector were discussed at length.

He also shared with stakeholders ILO’s role in supporting, preparation and planning stages of Balochistan Development Vision and Strategy.

Stakeholders suggested expanding the work of ILO to informal workers, setting minimum wage, providing technical and vocational education, and adequate representation of workers of Balochistan at relevant international and national forums.

Published in Dawn, August 12th, 2015

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