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July 6, 2020

ILO to convene special session on Pakistan’s request

Islamabad

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July 6, 2020

Islamabad : The Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (OP&HRD) Sunday said the International Labour Organization (ILO), on Pakistan’s request, had agreed to convene a special session of its member states on July 8 to evolve a strategy for the well-being of labourers in the post-coronavirus scenario.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on OP&HRD Sayed Zulfikar Abbbas Bukhari forwarded the request to the ILO on the occasion of World Labour Day for holding a session of its member states on an urgent basis to discuss the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on labourers and workers across the world. According to the ministry, the ILO had invited Prime Minister Imran Khan to address its member states on this occasion.

“The Prime Minister has accepted the ILO request and will deliver a keynote address at the international forum on July 8,” the OP&HRD ministry wrote on its twitter. The government, at the forum, would underline the need for taking immediate steps for workers and labourers, it said.

The member states would launch a discussion on new action plan for the workforce and labourers. In a letter, forwarded to ILO Director General Guy Ryder, the SAPM highlighted the issues faced by the workers in Pakistan and across the globe due to the coronavirus pandemic. He called for initiating a global dialogue to develop a way forward which could help minimize the impact of the global pandemic on the labour class.

Highlighting the issues of Pakistan in the midst of coronavirus, he said it was not his country alone where the coronavirus posed a great challenge to the labourers. All the developing economies in the region and world faced similar challenges, he added.

He said: "This is an emergency situation for governments around the world, and on the occasion of Labour Day 2020, it is most important that there is the start of a global dialogue leading to a global recovery."

To enable a strategic dialogue to discuss ’the future of work in a post-COVID world’ for all workers especially those in the developing world, I urge you to call a special virtual session with representation from all ILO member countries, agencies, enterprises, organisations, groups/­individuals to establish a way forward in a world emerging from a global crisis, he maintained. The SAPM also informed the Director General about the major concerns of his ministry regarding the Pakistani labourers.