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Bureau for Workers' Activities (ACTRAV)

  • International labour standards

    ILO publishes annual report on the application of standards

    The Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations, whose work constitutes the cornerstone of the ILO's supervisory system on international labour standards, has just published its annual report, along with a General Survey on the occupational safety and health instruments concerning the promotional framework, construction, mines and agriculture.

  • 6-8 February 2017

    Inter-regional Conference on Communication Strategies to Strengthen Trade Unions

    Communication officials and trade union activists from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, the Arab States, Europe and the Americas are to meet in Geneva from 6th to 8th February 2017 to discuss communication challenges and strategies for strengthening trade unions.

  • Trade Union Movement

    Sharan Burrow: What are the challenges and opportunities for unions in 2017?

    How can women’s trade union membership be improved and what are the unions’ priorities regarding the discussion on the future of work? These are some of the major challenges facing the trade union movement in 2017. In the following interview, Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) discusses the main achievements of the trade union movement in 2016 and highlights major challenges and opportunities for unions in 2017.

Key resources

  1. Newsletter

    ACTRAV INFO: January 2017

    31 January  2017

    ACTRAV INFO, A monthly newsletter produced by the ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV),No. 70, January 2016.

  2. Informal Economy

    Organizing Workers in the Informal Economy

    30 August 2016

    The aim of this policy brief is to assist workers' oganizations in undestanding and tackling the injustices and decent work deficits associated with employment in the informal economy.It provides informaiton and proposes strategies that can be used to organize, protect and promote rights and interests of informal economy workers.

  3. Manual

    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.