Posts Tagged 'labour standards'

Not My Life: Globalization and Modern Slavery

By Armand Pereira

On January 19th, 2011, the Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City will hold the world premiere of Not My Life — a feature-length documentary film about modern-day slavery and global human trafficking, about horrifying practices that affect millions of children, women and men in every part of the world — a shameful but neglected reality in our “global village”. Continue reading ‘Not My Life: Globalization and Modern Slavery’

Sri Lanka violates core labour rights, ITUC says

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) reported yesterday to the World Trade Organisation that “while Sri Lanka has ratified all eight of the International Labour Organization’s core conventions, it has largely failed to implement these conventions,” as noted by Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the ITUC. Continue reading ‘Sri Lanka violates core labour rights, ITUC says’

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’

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’

ILO Governing Body to examine Global Jobs Pact and sectoral impact of crisis

In its 307th Session (11-26 March) the ILO Governing Body is discussing implementation of the Global Jobs Pact adopted by the International Labour Conference in June 2009, including policies providing an effective response to the economic crisis. The meeting will also look at the impact of the crisis on various sectors, particularly on tourism, public services, education and health, as well as fundamental rights at work, including the latest report of the Committee on Freedom of Association. An advice for labour writers: follow the meeting and have a look at the document on “Recovering and sustaining growth and development: The contribution of the Global Jobs Pact (PDF)“.

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’


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