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Global conference agrees on a Roadmap against the worst forms of child labour

More than 450 delegates from 80 countries have agreed on a Roadmap aimed at “substantially increasing” global efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labour by 2016. Approved at the end of a two-day conference on child labour organized by the Government of The Netherlands in cooperation with the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Roadmap calls on governments, social partners and civil society organizations to strengthen access to education, social protection and decent work. Continue reading ‘Global conference agrees on a Roadmap against the worst forms of child labour’

Zimbabwe Government accepts ILO Commission of Inquiry’s recommendations

The Government of Zimbabwe has informed the Director-General of the ILO, Juan Somavia, that it accepts the recommendations contained in the report of the ILO Commission of Inquiry on trade union rights in the country. The report was submitted to the ILO Governing Body at its Session in March of this year. The Government, in its reply dated 20 April 2010 has accepted the recommendations made by the Commission of Inquiry “in the spirit of engagement among the people of Zimbabwe”. Continue reading ‘Zimbabwe Government accepts ILO Commission of Inquiry’s recommendations’

World day for Safety and Health at work, emerging risks and new patterns of prevention

Since 2003, on 28 April, the International Labour Organization (ILO) observes World Day for Safety and Health at Work, stressing the prevention of accidents and illnesses at work, capitalizing on its traditional strengths of tripartism and social dialogue. This year, under the theme “Emerging risks and new patterns of prevention in a changing world of work”  the day will draw attention on the current global challenges and the new context of occupational safety and health practice. Continue reading ‘World day for Safety and Health at work, emerging risks and new patterns of prevention’

ILO reports for G20 Employment and Labour Ministers meeting

In preparation for the G20 Employment and Labour Ministers meeting to be held in Washington D.C. on 20-21 April at the U.S. Department of Labor, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has produced a series of background reports on the evolving employment situation in the context of the global financial crisis, including: a statistical overview, a package of country briefs with statistical updates, a review of employment and social protection policies, all available online at: www.ilo.org/jobcrisis Continue reading ‘ILO reports for G20 Employment and Labour Ministers meeting’

The need to adopt a “rights-based approach” for the world’s 105 million migrant workers

Amid growing challenges due to the global economic crisis, a new ILO study highlights the need to adopt a “rights-based approach” to provide a “fair deal” for the world’s 105 million migrant workers. The new study, entitled “International Labour Migration: A rights-based approach”, examines trends in international labour migration, its impacts on origin and destination countries, and conditions of work experienced by migrant workers. The study also explores how standards can be used in the formulation and implementation of migration policies and practices. Continue reading ‘The need to adopt a “rights-based approach” for the world’s 105 million migrant workers’

What’s new in the ILO Committee of Experts’ latest report

International labour standards in times of economic crisis. This is one of the main issues of the 2010 ILO Committee of Experts’ Report on the application of Conventions and Recommendations. From the need to promote and extend collective bargaining to the protection of wages, the Committee focuses on the Conventions that can help governments to overcome the crisis, reduce poverty and inequity, increase demand and contribute to economic stability. Like every year, in the Report there is a detailed analysis of member states’ compliance with labour standards. Search for your country and find out the Experts’ observations and requests. Continue reading ‘What’s new in the ILO Committee of Experts’ latest report’

Employers’ organizations responding to the impact of the crisis

With the adoption of the Global Jobs Pact by the 183 member States of the ILO at the International Labour Conference in June 2009, the world’s governments, employers and workers have at their disposal an integrated portfolio of policies to address the global economic and social crisis. ILO Online spoke with Jean-François Retournard, Director of the ILO Bureau for Employers’ Activities, about a new report which shows that employers’ organizations played a major role in worldwide efforts to stem the crisis. Continue reading ‘Employers’ organizations responding to the impact of the crisis’

US: Young workers, positive about unions, face economic squeeze

By James Parks, AFL-CIO

Two new reports show today’s young workers are being squeezed by high costs of living and low or stagnant wages and they want the government to do more to solve this nation’s economic mess. Continue reading ‘US: Young workers, positive about unions, face economic squeeze’

US: income inequality is growing

The gap between the richest and poorest families, and between the richest and middle-income families, grew significantly in most states over the past two decades, according to a new study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute. Continue reading ‘US: income inequality is growing’

Women’s day: a recipe for decent work

Michaela Walsh still remembers how some businessmen would laugh at her when she talked about offering micro loans to people as a way of alleviating poverty. “I had bankers tell me that it wouldn’t be relevant in the banking world, that it would never be profitable business”, recalls Ms Walsh, who started out her career as an intern in Merrill Lynch in the United States before becoming the first woman manager of the company. Continue reading ‘Women’s day: a recipe for decent work’


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