Posts Tagged 'discrimination'

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’


ILO conference adopts int’l labour standard on HIV and AIDS

The 99th International Labour Conference on Thursday adopted a new international labour standard on HIV and AIDS — the first international human rights instrument to focus specifically on the issue in the world of work. The new standard, adopted by representatives of governments, employers and workers following two years of intense and constructive debate, is aimed at strengthening the contribution of the world of work to universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support, said a conference statement. Continue reading ‘ILO conference adopts int’l labour standard on HIV and AIDS’

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’

Tears of African migrants

For 37 days, the Nigerian journalist Emmanuel Mayah travelled a total of 4,318 kilometres across seven countries and the Sahara desert in the company of illegal African migrants on their way to Europe. From Nigeria to Benin Republic, Togo, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and finally Libya, he survived to tell the story of human traffickers, sex slavery in transit camps, starvation, desert bandits, arduous toil in a salt mine, cruel thirst and deaths in the hot desert. The writer was a participant of the ITC-ILO Communicating labour rights’ course 2009. Continue reading ‘Tears of African migrants’

Nigeria, discrimination against workers with HIV

By Chukwuma Muanya and Collins Olayinka

AS the country joins the rest of the world to mark the 2009 World AIDS Day today, the country has recorded a 46.7 per cent drop in Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) infection in seven years. Continue reading ‘Nigeria, discrimination against workers with HIV’

ILO: Italy violates conventions about migrants

by Vittorio Longhi

GENEVA – After the Panama government, before the Ethiopians. The hearing against the Italian Government at the 98th International Labour Conference was held yesterday afternoon, the third in the list of hearings involving another 24 countries, none of which are European. The government has been called upon by the International Labour Organization, the ILO, to answer serious accusations of discrimination in relation to migrant workers, and thus of breach of Convention 143, ratified by Italy in 1981, which promotes parity of opportunities and of treatment. The  UN agency Committee of Experts has also asked from clarifications on the Security Decree and on the agreement with Libya, measures which give rise to concern on the part of the international community. Continue reading ‘ILO: Italy violates conventions about migrants’

SRI LANKA: Unions strike landmark deal to protect migrant workers

By Feizal Samath

COLOMBO, May 8 (IPS) – Trade unions from Bahrain, Jordan and Kuwait came together with their Sri Lankan counterparts here to strike an unprecedented agreement on the welfare of migrant workers. The Colombo agreement is seen as breaking the tight grip on migrant workers of recruitment agencies here and in recruiting countries.

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