News and articles
How are trade unions adapting to changes in the world of work?
02 June 2023
The world of work is undergoing a period of transformation, and trade unions are responding to workers' needs and aspirations with innovation and foresight. The ILO's Bureau for Workers' Activities (ACTRAV) has launched a program with trade unions that enables them to become agents of change and support workers through this process of transformation. In this interview, Maria Helena Andre, Director of ACTRAV, takes stock of the trade union movement and outlines the challenges trade unions are facing. Ms Andre stresses in particular the importance of social dialogue in formulating responses to new challenges in the world of work.
Occupational safety and health key to achieve social justice, says ILO
24 April 2023
The ILO held a ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy, in which more than 1,130 workers lost their lives and thousands were injured when a garment factory collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 24 April 2013.
How did the ILO Support Workers’ Organizations in 2022?
23 March 2023
Throughout 2022, the ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV) has been at the forefront to ensure that workers’ organizations have the information and assistance they need to face the multiple and overlapping crises facing the world of work. Watch some examples of how ACTRAV has contributed to trade union revitalization over the past year and see what its priorities will be for 2023.
"We prepare hot dishes and deliver them in the neighbourhoods where there is no gas and electricity"
23 February 2023
Before the war Oleksii Aleksandrov was one of the partners of an ILO-supported training programme for chefs de cuisine in Kherson. After the outbreak of the war, he joined other professionals preparing warm meals for people without gas or electricity, and for families fleeing from regions under military attacks. The ILO provided financial support for this local humanitarian aid programme with the funding coming from the Government of Denmark.
"I could have left, but I stayed"
23 February 2023
Ivanna Khrapko, Ukrainian trade unionist, launched a volunteer initiative after the war broke out to help internally displaced Ukrainians. The ILO assisted trade union efforts and provided support to cover 7,750 bednights and daily food packages for people fleeing the war.
New mobile application protects workers’ rights in Moldova
08 November 2022
The ILO supported the National Trade Union Confederation of Moldova (CNSM) to launch a mobile application at the end of September, 2022 enabling trade union members to report workers’ rights violations to the unions and the State Labour Inspectorate. Within two weeks, about 400 users downloaded the application.
Moldova trade unions help Ukrainian refugees to help themselves
24 October 2022
Nearly 90,000 refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine have chosen to stay in Moldova, where they received a warm reception from the country, as well help from Moldovan trade unions, who are supported by the ILO.
Trade unions adopt conclusion for just economy, decent work in South-East Asia
13 October 2022
At a sub-regional conference held in the Philippines, workers organizations from 10 South-East Asian countries adopted a joint resolution to revitalize in a changing world of work and outlined concrete measures to collaborate and create a just, sustainable and fair economy, that enables decent work for all workers.
Philippines to host trade union post-COVID sub-regional conference
04 October 2022
Over 30 trade unions and workers' organizations representatives from 10 countries in Asia and the Pacific will convene in the Philippines for a sub-regional conference to promote decent work, which aims to improve the living conditions of millions of workers still affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Unions must work together and find ways to organize new forms of work
26 September 2022
Trade unions need to strengthen their unity, attract more young people and organize workers in the digital economy, according to a new report.