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Workplace policies to tackle HIV and AIDS

In June 2010 the Government, Employer and Worker representatives that make up the International Labour Organization (ILO) adopted the first international labour standard to focus specifically on HIV and AIDS. The Recommendation concerning HIV and AIDS and the world of work 2010 (No.200) takes a rights-based approach to the pandemic and contains comprehensive measures to improve access to prevention, treatment and care, and to eliminate stigma and discrimination in the work place. On World AIDS Day 2010, ILO Online spoke to Dr. Sophia Kisting, Director of the ILO Global Programme on HIV and AIDS and the world of work, about progress made on giving effect to the Recommendation since adoption in June. Continue reading ‘Workplace policies to tackle HIV and AIDS’

The crisis, the total market and the “law shopping”

There is not much to add to what Alain Supiot writes in the last issue of the International Labour Review, just published by the ILO. The issue is about the global crisis and Supiot’s article makes a deep historical analysis of the utopia of the Total market, in which “people, signs and things can all be rendered commensurable and be mobilized in the cause of globalized competition, i.e. they can all be “liquidated” in the legal sense of this term“. By liquidation he means making something fungible by converting it into cash. However, he cannot but remind Zygmunt Bauman’s and even before Bauman, Karl Marx’s vision of the way everything can be turned, converted into cash. Continue reading ‘The crisis, the total market and the “law shopping”’

ILO: long labour market recession worsens social outlook in many countries

A new report by the research arm of the International Labour Organization (ILO) says a long “labour market recession” is worsening the social outlook in many countries. The new study entitled “World of Work Report 2010 – from one crisis to the next?” acknowledges that three years into the crisis, the global economy has resumed growing, with some countries witnessing encouraging signs of employment recovery – significantly in emerging economies in Asia and Latin America. Continue reading ‘ILO: long labour market recession worsens social outlook in many countries’

Implementing the Maritime Labour Convention is “almost there”

When the ILO adopted the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006), in February 2006, Director-General Juan Somavia said the Organization had made “labour history” for the world’s more than 1.2 million seafarers. Four years on, the Convention is expected to come into force in 2011 or early 2012. ILO Online spoke with Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, Director of the ILO’s International Labour Standards Department, about recent developments in the implementation of the Convention, and what the ILO and its Member States are doing to bring the Convention into force. Continue reading ‘Implementing the Maritime Labour Convention is “almost there”’

Moving forward with the Maritime Labour Convention

The Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 is expected to come into force in 2011 or early 2012. ILO TV interviews three members of the Preparatory Tripartite Maritime Labour Convention Committee: Dave Heindel of the Seafarers’ International Union of North America; Arthur Bowring of the Hong Kong Shipowners’ Association; and Haakon Storhaug, Senior Adviser at the Norwegian Maritime Directorate. Watch the video interviews.

IMF-ILO paper on the “Challenges of Growth, Employment and Social Cohesion”

The International Monetary Fund and the International Labour Organization have issued a stark assessment of the outlook for employment in the wake of the global financial crisis, saying that the world faces major challenges in creating enough quality jobs to sustain growth and development. Continue reading ‘IMF-ILO paper on the “Challenges of Growth, Employment and Social Cohesion”’

ILO and IMF Conference: a job-rich crisis recovery

The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced a joint conference to be hosted by the Prime Minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg, on 13 September 2010, in Oslo, to explore new ways of forging a sustainable, job-rich recovery from the global economic crisis. Continue reading ‘ILO and IMF Conference: a job-rich crisis recovery’

The role of social security in crisis response and recovery, and beyond

The crisis has reinforced the perception that the extension of social security should be a high priority. While in many developing countries social security systems were previously considered unaffordable, they are now regarded as important investments to support sustainable economic growth. Furthermore, in times of crisis, social security systems are playing an essential role as economic stabilizers. Interview with Michael Cichon, Director of the ILO’s Social Security Department, about the UN Social Protection Floor Initiative and social security in times of crisis. Continue reading ‘The role of social security in crisis response and recovery, and beyond’

Media alert: ILO Conference panel on the future of jobs recovery

Leaders from the real economy – government, labour, employers and civil society – are to discuss the impact of the current economic and jobs crises on employment policy and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) during a high-level event at the annual conference of the International Labour Organization.  Two panels have been convened especially for the International Labour Conference on 14 June, from 14:30 to 19:00 in the Assembly Hall at the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva. The discussion can be viewed live on the ILO website. Continue reading ‘Media alert: ILO Conference panel on the future of jobs recovery’

New ILO report on labour and social trends in the 10 Asean countries

A new report on labour and social trends in the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will be released by the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific next week. The report has been prepared for participants attending the 2nd ASEAN Human Resource Conference, being held in Hanoi on Tuesday 25th May. Continue reading ‘New ILO report on labour and social trends in the 10 Asean countries’


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