Posts Tagged 'decent work'

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’

ILO warns of new threats to global economic and jobs recovery from debt crisis and financial instability

Growing instability in financial markets and the sovereign debt crisis in Europe may put global economic and jobs recovery efforts at risk, according to a report by International Labour Office Director-General Juan Somavia to be discussed at the ILO’s annual conference. Continue reading ‘ILO warns of new threats to global economic and jobs recovery from debt crisis and financial instability’

99th ILO International Labour Conference: information for the media

The ILO will hold its annual International Labour Conference in Geneva on 2-18 June. Government, worker and employer representatives from the ILO’s 183 member States will discuss a series of topics, including:

The elaboration of a standard on HIV/AIDS in the world of work
Decent work for domestic workers
The strategic objective of employment
(follow up on the 2008 ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization)
The Application of ILO’s Conventions and Recommendations Continue reading ’99th ILO International Labour Conference: information for the media’

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’

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’

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)“.

Migrant domestic workers’ rights next on ILO’s agenda

By Marwaan Macan-Markar

Po Po has been enduring long hours of hard work, poor pay and abuse within the confines of her employer’s home for the past seven years. Poverty forced her to leave her family in eastern Burma and abandon a university education to work as a domestic helper in Thailand. “There is constant uncertainty about a domestic work,” said the 25-year-old in an interview with IPS. “In my last job, I worked for 11 hours a day, but I had to be available for 24 hours if my employer needed me.” Po Po is one of scores of domestic helpers in Thailand who stand to gain from the combined efforts of migrant rights advocates and the International Labor Organization (ILO), a United Nations tripartite body, to raise the profile of domestic workers this year. Continue reading ‘Migrant domestic workers’ rights next on ILO’s agenda’

Asia, Human rights for migrant domestic workers

As the world marks International Human Rights Day on the 10th of December, CARAM Asia launches an online petition campaign seeking crucial support and commitment from every employer of households to grant a weekly paid day off to their migrant domestic worker (MDW). On this occasion, CARAM Asia, a regional network of 34 NGOs and trade unions across 17 countries in Asia, makes the call to governments across the globe to respect the rights and dignity of migrant workers especially domestic workers. Continue reading ‘Asia, Human rights for migrant domestic workers’

ILO warns “early exit” from stimulus measures could prolong jobs crisis

An “early exit” from support measures adopted in response to the global economic crisis could postpone a jobs recovery for years and render the fledgling economic upturn “fragile and incomplete”, a new report by the research arm of the International Labour Organization (ILO) says. Continue reading ‘ILO warns “early exit” from stimulus measures could prolong jobs crisis’


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