The programme focuses on "scalable and sustainable solutions"

The programme focuses on "scalable and sustainable solutions"

The Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) are joining forces to improve labour standards in the country's textile and garment industry.

The goal, the ILO says, is to implement national labour laws and international labour standards for the 15m women and men employed within the sector in Pakistan.

The programme focuses on "scalable and sustainable solutions" that build cooperation between governments, employers' and workers' organisations and international buyers.

Objectives include improving respect for national laws and international labour standards in Pakistani textile factories; developing buyers' confidence that standards in participating factories are being publicly monitored, and reliably and accurately reported; and establish coordination between textile industries and the labour department for appropriate reporting on ILS Compliance in the workplace.

Under the collaboration, the ILO will provide technical assistance as well as assessment, advisory and training expertise to the ten factories initially taking part.

The initiative, it says, will help workers and employers design and implement a workplace improvement plan to enhance working conditions and productivity.

A detailed implementation framework is being developed, and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the PTEA and the ILO will be signed by the end of August.