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Bureau for Workers' Activities (ACTRAV)

The Mandate of the Bureau for Workers' Activities is to strengthen representative, independent and democratic trade unions in all countries, to enable them to play their role effectively in protecting workers' rights and interests and in providing effective services to their members at national and international levels, and to promote the ratification and implementation of ILO Conventions.


  1. Omar Faruk Osman: “The ratification of ILO core Conventions means a lot for the Workers of Somalia”
    10 April 2014

    According to Omar Faruk Osman, the General Secretary of the Federation of Somali Trade Unions (FESTU), by ratifying ILO Core Conventions on Freedom of Association (No.87)and Collective Bargaining (No.98), Somali workers were given the legal right to organize and bargain collectively in accordance with the ILO core labour standards.

  2. ACTRAV INFO: March 2014
    31 March 2014

    ACTRAV INFO, A monthly newsletter produced by the ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV), No. 36, March 2014.

  3. 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”.

  4. Global Employment Trends 2014: The risk of a jobless recovery
    20 January 2014

    The study offers the latest global and regional information and projections on several indicators of the labour market, including employment, unemployment, working poverty and vulnerable employment.

  5. ACTRAV Symposium: Income Inequality, Labour Market Institutions and Workers’ Power (10-13 December 2013)
    2 December 2013

    Inequality is on the rise, both on a global level and within most countries. While the world economy is on a slow recovery, the spread of precarious employment relations contributes to widening the gap between the rich and the poor.

  6. Americas: Unions launched a new study on Temporary Agency Work
    29 October 2013

    A new study concerning temporary agency work in eight countries in Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Panama and Uruguay) was been launched in Geneva by the Trade Unions Confederation of Americas (TUCA) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), with support of ILO Bureau for Workers Activities (ACTRAV).

  7. 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.

  8. Converging against child labour – A training manual for trade unions

    This training manual is intended to work as an aid to build an understanding on child labour issues and suggests strategies for Trade Unions to deal with the issue of child labour in a coordinated and convergent manner.

  9. 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.

  10. 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).

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  1. High Level Panel on Decent Work for Fragile States

    Fragile States: Supporting a path towards greater resilience
    26 March 2014

  2. Seafarers' work rights

    Abandoned, but not alone

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