Publications

2017

  1. Trade unions and migrant workers: New contexts and challenges in Europe

    20 December 2017

    This timely book analyses the relationship between trade unions, immigration and migrant workers across eleven European countries in the period between the 1990s and 2015.

  2. Expert Meeting on Trade Union Actions to Promote Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities

    03 December 2017

    The experts meeting brought together trade union representatives from all over the world, as well as specialists and civil society representatives to discuss the role trade unions can play on disability inclusion and decent work for persons with disabilities.

  3. Trade Union Action on Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities

    03 December 2017

    Trade unions are working all over the world on disability issues. This research captures and summarises trade union action on disability from over 50 countries, including developed, emerging and developing economies. The research offers a new perspective to trade unions who have not worked on this issue, and points to opportunities for others to develop their work further.

  4. Conference Committee on the Application of Standards: Extracts from the Record of Proceedings (ILC 2017)

    22 September 2017

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

2016

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Mwongozo Wa Vyama Vya Wafanyakazi

    29 August 2016

  5. 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.

  6. Trade Unions and Child Labour: A tool for action

    24 March 2016

    The eradication of child labour is a necessary step on the path to decent work for all and for sustainable development. It requires political will at the national and global levels, implementation of all ILO conventions (particularly Conventions 138 and 182), investment in education and universal social protection, as well as decent work for adults. Trade unions have a vital role to play in bringing about these changes.

2015

  1. Protect Rights, Prevent HIV!

    17 December 2015

    Getting to Zero at Work: Inspirational voices from workers

  2. Decent work in global supply chains

    07 December 2015

  3. ILO Workers'Group Priorities (2014-2017)

    01 December 2015

    The 33 Worker members are elected every three years by all Worker delegates at the International Labour Conference through a secret ballot: their composition reflects regional and gender balance as well as a mix of developed and developing countries. They are supported in the discharge of their responsibilities by a Secretariat external to the ILO (the International Trade Union Confederation -ITUC Geneva Office) and, within the Office, by the ILO’s Bureau for Workers’ activities (ACTRAV).

  4. Productivity improvement and the role of trade unions

    17 November 2015

  5. Conference Committee on the Application of Standards: Extracts from the Record of Proceedings (ILC 2015)

    08 October 2015

    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.

  6. Minimum wage and its relevance to socio-economic progress in the Lao People's Democratic Republic : A workers' perspective

    06 October 2015

    This paper examines empirical aspects of the regulatory and institutional frameworks and the process of minimum wage adjustment in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, as well as its actual implementation in different sectors – private, public and informal. Included is a review of collective bargaining coverage to measure how such agreements affect wage increases. It also analyses the relationship between the minimum wage and certain socio-economic developments, such as gross domestic product growth rates, consumer price indices, inflation rates, employment trends, the national and international poverty lines, labour productivity and social security coverage.