ISLAMABAD: The International Labour Organisation (ILO) and Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA) have forged a unique partnership to promote decent work in garment and textile industry.
Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) President Mian Muhammad Adress, dignitaries from the government, representatives of employers and workers organisations, representatives of diplomatic missions in Pakistan including the German Embassy and the Royal Embassy of Netherlands also participated amongst other bilateral development partners.
The agreement involves a framework on improving industrial relations through training and compliance with international labour standards including occupational safety and health, wages, nature of employment, discrimination, etc.
Addressing the ceremony, ILO Country Director Francesco d’ Ovidio said that issues of the garment industry are systemic and require action that will help develop effective industrial relations and promote respect of international labour standards.
PTEA Chairman Sohail Pasha said that foreign trade has a lot of attached responsibilities as the international buyers are increasingly getting sensitive about ethical sourcing and international compliances. “We are pleased in collaborating with ILO for improvement of working conditions and implementation of International Labour Standards in textile industries,” he added.