Publications


ACTRAV - both at headquarters, in the regions and at the International Training Centre in Turin - publishes a wide variety of manuals, brochures and practical guides on a broad spectrum of issues of interest to workers.

Thanks to its close ties with trade union organizations across the world, its presence in the field in various regions and to its training activities, ACTRAV is at the centre of a vast network for information on the trade union movement. This information is placed at the service of the International Labour Office and its constituents and of the public at large through the media, universities and NGOs.

The principal vehicles for this information are in addition to its web pages:

Until recently ACTRAV published the quarterly review Labour Education in three languages English, French and Spanish, devoted to analysis and forward studies. It drew on the best specialists from the world of work and dealt with topics of burning issues.

Starting in 2009 a new ACTRAV publication replaced Labour Education. The International Journal of Labour Research was established to provide a vehicle for disseminating recent research on labour and social policies from trade union researchers and academics around the world. This journal is multi-disciplinary and will be of interest to trade union researchers, labour ministries and academics of all relevant disciplines worldwide - industrial relations, sociology, law, economics and political science. Each focuses on a specific theme and the journal is published twice a year in English, French and Spanish.

Below you will find a list of all ACTRAV publications by year, including the new journal. You can browse by area of interest or region by using the search possibilities in the right column of this page.

Press releases and Newsletters are found by selecting those headings in the left column of this page.

2017

  1. Trade Union Reference Manual on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

    08 May 2017

    This reference manual, seeks to assist trade union leaders, members and sympathizers, in their engagement in these national strategies for sustainable development.

  2. Psychosocial risks, stress and violence in the world of work

    28 April 2017

    The aims of this issue of the International Journal of Labour Research are to raise the questions surrounding work-related stress, violence and harassment in the world of work, in order to respond to the need to revitalize the exchange of information in the labour movement on these topics. This issue of the Journal comprises five articles covering prevention of psychosocial risks and work-related stress, trade union perspectives and actions on psychosocial risks and violence and harassment, digitalization of work and associated risks, trade union responses to the psychosocial impacts of technological change in contemporary workplaces, and vulnerability of certain groups of workers to violence.

  3. ACTRAV INFO: March 2017

    31 March 2017

    ACTRAV INFO, A monthly newsletter produced by the ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV), No. 72, March 2017

  4. Violence and Harassment against Women and Men in the World of Work-Trade Union Perspective and Action

    08 March 2017

    Violence against women and men in the world of work is an abuse of power that affects the most marginalised workers. Women are disproportionately affected where unequal power relations, low pay, non-standard working conditions and other workplace abuses expose them to violence in the world of work. This report draws on the work of Global Union Federations and 35 national case studies from different sectors and countries across the world to show that through collective agreements, workplace policies and negotiations, campaigns and awareness raising, trade unions have taken constructive steps to tackle violence in the world of work. A key objective of the report is to promote a systematic approach to prevention and elimination of violence and harassment at work and to inform trade unions in building a strong position for the development of a standard-setting item at the International Labour Conference in 2018.

  5. ACTRAV INFO: February 2017

    28 February 2017

    ACTRAV INFO, A monthly newsletter produced by the ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV), No. 71, February 2017

  6. Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy Recommendation, 2015 (No. 204)-Workers' Guide

    24 February 2017

    The Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy Recommendation, 2015 (No. 204), adopted by the International Labour Conference (ILC) in June 2015, is the first international instrument dealing specifically with the informal economy. This Workers’ Guide was prepared with the objective of encouraging and assisting workers’ organizations at all levels to protect and promote the rights and working conditions of workers in the informal economy and to implement Recommendation No. 204.

  7. © Miguel Schincariol / AFP 2017

    ACTRAV INFO: January 2017

    31 January 2017

    ACTRAV INFO, A monthly newsletter produced by the ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV), No. 70, January 2017.

2016

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    ACTRAV INFO: December 2016

    22 December 2016

    ACTRAV INFO, A monthly newsletter produced by the ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV), No. 69, December 2016

  2. ACTRAV INFO: November 2016

    30 November 2016

    ACTRAV INFO, A monthly newsletter produced by the ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV), No. 68, November 2016

  3. Characteristics and Structure of the Union Movement in Lebanon

    17 November 2016

    The study covers the history and present characteristics of the trade union movement in Lebanon as well as the structure of trade union movements, the results of a field survey and recommendations for a future trade union development.

  4. ACTRAV INFO: October 2016

    31 October 2016

    ACTRAV INFO, A monthly newsletter produced by the ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV), No.67, October 2016.

  5. ACTRAV INFO: September 2016

    30 September 2016

    ACTRAV INFO, A monthly newsletter produced by the ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV), No. 66, September 2016.

  6. Conference Committee on the Application of Standards: Extracts from the Record of Proceedings (ILC 2016)

    23 September 2016

    The Conference Committee on the Application of Standards, a standing tripartite body of the International Labour Conference and an essential component of the ILO’s supervisory system, examines each year the report published by the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations.

  7. ACTRAV INFO: August 2016

    31 August 2016

    ACTRAV INFO, A monthly newsletter produced by the ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV), No. 65, August 2016.

  8. Organizing Workers in the Informal Economy-Policy Brief

    30 August 2016

    The aim of this policy brief is to assist workers’ organizations in understanding and tackling the injustices and decent work deficits associated with employment in the informal economy. It provides information and proposes strategies that can be used to organize, protect and promote the rights and interests of informal economy workers. It has been produced following the adoption of the Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy Recommendation, 2015 (No. 204) by the International Labour Conference (ILC) in June 2015.

  9. Mwongozo Wa Vyama Vya Wafanyakazi

    29 August 2016

  10. The cost of migration: What low-skilled migrant workers from Pakistan pay to work in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates

    23 August 2016

    This report presents the findings of a survey on migration expenses that Pakistani workers paid to secure jobs in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The focus is on low-skilled migrants, who are the most vulnerable because of their low educational qualifications and limited asset base.

  11. ACTRAV INFO: July 2016

    29 July 2016

    ACTRAV INFO, A monthly newsletter produced by the ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV), No. 64, July 2016

  12. ACTRAV INFO: June 2016

    30 June 2016

    ACTRAV INFO, A monthly newsletter produced by the ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV), No. 63, June 2016

  13. ACTRAV INFO: May 2016

    31 May 2016

    ACTRAV INFO, A monthly newsletter produced by the ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV), No. 62, May 2016.