1. Job preservation through worker cooperatives: An overview of international experiences and strategies

    08 October 2014

    This book has been written to fill a gap in the literature. At a basic level, it is meant to inform of successful cases of job preservation through the creation of worker cooperatives in different regions of the world. More importantly, it is meant to elucidate the conditions of success for such attempts at recovery and to draw the important lessons learned by workers and their organizations in dealing with them.

  2. Child Labour and Education for All

    08 September 2014

    A resource Guide for trade unions and a call against Child Labour and for Education for All.

  3. The Challenge of Inequality

    23 June 2014

    This issue of the International Journal of Labour Research addresses one of the central challenges of our times: that of overcoming growing inequalities in our societies. This trend, now well-recognized, is worrying not only for its economic impact, but as importantly because it threatens the very social fabric of our societies and may in time become a threat to democracy itself.

  4. Trade unions and worker cooperatives: Where are we at?

    01 April 2014

    Last May, ACTRAV and the ILO cooperative branch held a seminar on the topic of relations between trade unions and worker cooperatives. The goal was to re-examine the relationship between the two movements by taking stock of recent initiatives around the world. To be sure, the relationship between trade unions and cooperatives is as long as the history of trade unions. In fact, it is fair to say that the first associations of workers that emerged in Europe looked more like cooperatives than trade unions.

  5. Process of Trade Union Self-Reform in the Americas: Advances of the Working Group on Trade Union Self-Reform (WGSR) between 2010-2013

    27 February 2014

    The Working Group on Trade Union Self-Reform (WGSR) was created in April 2009 with support of the FSAL project (Strengthening Trade Unions to meet the new challenges of integration in Latin America) - executed in the framework of ACTRAV - and more recently with support of the ACTRAV/Norway Project “Trade Unions for Social Justice”.


  1. Multinationales Enterprises and Freedom of Association: Cases of the ILO Committee on Freedom of Association

    24 December 2013

    Provides an overview of the violations of freedom of association that originated in major multinational enterprises, summarizing the facts alleged by the unions, the Committee's recommendations and the subsequent result, with the aim of highlighting one more time the importance of the Committee and of the international labour standards in general, for protecting the fundamental rights of workers around the world.

  2. Organizing for Decent Work in the Informal Economy-Strategies, Methods and Practices

    20 December 2013

    Based largely on empirical studies, this book makes an invaluable contribution by presenting trade union organizing strategies, methods and practices in South Asian countries.

  3. Workers’ resistance against Nazi Germany at the International Labour Conference 1933

    23 October 2013

    Eighty years ago, the delegation of national socialist Germany made an early exit from the International Labour Conference. An attempt to install the German Labour Front as legitimate worker representatives, instead of the free trade unions,had failed due to resistance from the Workers’ Group and, not least, the persistent silence maintained by Wilhelm Leuschner, the German unions’ representative on the ILO Governing Body.

  4. Decent Work for Domestic Workers The state of labour rights, social protection and trade union initiatives in Europe

    19 June 2013

    Domestic work has come to the fore of international attention with the adoption of ILO Convention 189 and Recommendation 201 concerning Decent work for domestic workers by the International Labour Conference in 2011. It has also been the topic of a 2012 European training program of the Programme for Workers Activities of the International Training Centre of the ILO, organised in cooperation with the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT) and funded by the EU.

  5. Meeting the challenge of precarious work: A workers ’ agenda

    18 June 2013

    In 2011, the Bureau for Workers’ activities held its biannual symposium on an ever-growing preoccupation for workers around the world: the growth and spread of precarious work. This issue of the IJLR presents some of the contributions to this event and, more importantly, tries to provide guidance on possible trade union strategies to counter the expansion of forms of precarious work.

  6. A Study on Trade Union Strategies on Minimum Wage Determination and Setting in Cambodia

    02 April 2013

    The fixing and application of the national minimum wage is one component of the social protection floor aimed at creating decent and productive employment with an adequate income. In Cambodia, due to low unionization and weak collective bargaining power of trade unions at the enterprise level as well as the expansion of atypical employment, setting a national minimum wage could be one effective option to improve wages universally for marginalized workers.

  7. A study on trade union strategies on minimum wage determination and setting in Hong Kong

    02 April 2013

    The working poor in Hong Kong have increased nearly double for the last ten years due to the economic downturn plus the lack of collective bargaining and the poor labour laws. Youth, elderly, female, migrant, low skill services and informal sectors workers are the most vulnerable in the labour market.

  8. Are “green” jobs decent?

    21 March 2013

    This issue of the Journal focuses on the question of whether the jobs that are emerging in the efforts to reach sustainable development can be described as “decent”.

  9. ILO Workers’ Group Priorities (2011-2014)

    29 January 2013

    This document is the result of consultations held by the Chair of the Workers’ Group with members of the Group, its Secretariat and the ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV).

  10. Worker Cooperatives as a Response to the Crisis: by Pierre Laliberté

    29 January 2013

  11. Why have wage shares fallen? A panel analysis of the determinants of functional income distribution

    21 January 2013

  12. Formalizing domestic work through the use of service vouchers-The particular cases of France, Belgium and the canton of Geneva

    14 January 2013

    In 2011, the ILO adopted Convention n° 189 and Recommendation n° 201 on decent work for domestic workers. All over the world, a large proportion of domestic workers remain in the informal economy, and this prevents them from fully enjoying all the rights enshrined in these new standards.


  1. Global Wage Report 2012/13: Wages and Equitable Growth

    07 December 2012

    The Global Wage Report 2012/13 looks at differences in wages around the globe and how they have been influenced by the economic crisis. It includes global and regional wage trends and statistics, as well as policy recommendations.

  2. Wage-led growth: Concept, theories and policies

    05 November 2012

  3. Make poverty history-Trade Union manual on the Millennium Development Goals

    17 October 2012

    The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been the main development framework for the international community since the year 2000. These goals have provided a framework for focused intergovernmental action to fight extreme poverty.