Press releases

ACTRAV Info sheets are communiqués on positions taken by the International Labour Office affecting workers and on the positions of the Workers' Group within the organization's various forums.


  1. Seoul Declaration bolsters commitment to expanding social protection and social dialogue

    12 December 2014

    Key actors from around the globe pledge to promote social protection floors through social dialogue.

  2. A Decent Work Agenda workshop for National Employment Councils in Zimbabwe

    27 November 2014

    The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions organized an orientation workshop for National Employment Councils on the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda.

  3. High-level Seoul meeting discusses promotion of social protection floors through social dialogue

    20 November 2014

    Prime Minister Jung Hong-won addresses conference on the role of economic and social councils in supporting social protection

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    Many immigrants in Europe struggling to move out of low-skilled jobs; European governments have opportunities to prioritize policies to secure upward mobility

    18 November 2014

  5. Unions call for more emphasis on preventing workplace accidents and diseases

    08 October 2014

    A symposium of union participants and ILO experts in Jakarta says preventative culture must become a priority.

  6. RMG trade union members learn safety and organisational skills

    24 September 2014

    Trade union members will be better placed to enhance conditions in the Ready Made Garment (RMG) sector following a week-long programme of training activities designed to increase their organizational capacity and involvement in occupational safety committees.

  7. Building trade union unity and solidarity in Mauritius

    18 September 2014

    At a national forum on challenges of employment, gender mainstreaming and trade union unity, ACTRAV argues for greater unity efforts.

  8. India: 11 unions oppose moves to weaken union organising

    29 July 2014

  9. Trade union leaders in the Asia Pacific region to consider strategies to halt weakening of union rights

    24 June 2014

  10. Luc Cortebeeck, workers’ delegate of Belgium, re-elected as vice-president of the ILO Governing Body

    13 June 2014

  11. Takaaki Sakurada elected vice-president of the Conference

    28 May 2014

  12. ILO-ACTRAV sign agreement with All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU)

    27 March 2014

  13. Egypt: Bipartite agreement signed between unions and employers in Port Said

    21 March 2014

  14. Workers’ Group pays tribute to trade unionist Marc Blondel

    17 March 2014

  15. Unions in Africa pushing the ILO’s Decent Work and social justice agenda

    24 February 2014

    African trade unions need to mobilize to promote the ILO’s Decent Work and social justice agenda, participants said at a regional trade union conference in Nairobi.


  1. Collective bargaining essential to overcome global income inequalities

    17 December 2013

    An international workers’ meeting ended in Geneva on 13 December with a call for strengthening workers’ rights to reduce growing inequalities.

  2. Trade unions to discuss income inequality at ILO meeting

    10 December 2013

    Trade union leaders, ILO experts and scholars from around the globe will analyse the impact that high levels of income inequality are having on workers worldwide.

  3. Temporary Agency Work: What the unions expect from the ILO

    28 November 2013

    Last October, the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA) launched a new study on temporary agency work in eight Latin American countries with the support of the ILO Bureau for Workers' Activities (ACTRAV). The study which had been carried out during 2012-2013, highlights in particular the need to counter the expansion of agency work and to set limits to outsourcing strategies. In this context, union representatives explain what they expect from the ILO with regard to Convention 181 and, more broadly, to short-term employment agencies.

  4. Interview with Luc Cortebeeck, Chair of the Workers’ Group of the ILO Governing Body

    11 November 2013

    The 319th session of the ILO Governing Body recently drew to a close in Geneva. Tackled at this session were several issues concerning the economic crisis in Europe, workers’ rights and international migration. In this interview the Chair of the Workers’ Group, Luc Cortebeeck, looks at the main points covered at this session, held in Geneva on 17-31 October 2013.

  5. ILO Deputy Director General calls for faster implementation of the new labour law in Bangladesh

    30 October 2013

    Opening the conference “Bangladesh 2013: The Rising Demand for Labour Standards”, ILO Deputy Director General Gilbert Houngbo called for faster implementation of the new labour law to protect workers after the Rana Plaza building collapse which killed 1,130 workers in Bangladesh six months ago.