Publications

March 2011

  1. Climate Change and Labour: The Need for a “Just Transition”

    21 March 2011

    Climate change is now widely acknowledged as one of the great – if not the greatest – challenges facing humanity in the coming decades. Through its impact on average temperature, precipitations and sea levels, it will endanger the livelihood of hundreds of millions and impose increasing costs on our societies if nothing is done.

December 2010

  1. Trade Unions and Decent Work Country Programmes: A Resource Package

    15 December 2010

    Tripartism and social dialogue are essential tools to achieve the Decent Work Agenda and should be mainstreamed throughout the Office, but particularly in the context of the Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP)1 process which is a tool to implement the Social Justice Declaration and the Global Jobs Pact.All ILO constituents should be involved in the planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of Decent Work activities at the country level.As one of the four strategic objectives, tripartism and social dialogue is the policy framework for the entire DWCP process and a tool to operationalize the other strategic objectives. They constitute a core element of the 2010-2015 Strategic Policy Framework (SPF) and can assist the ILO structures at all levels to apply this approach.

November 2010

  1. Global Labour University: Strengthening South-South Cooperation through a Global Network for Decent Work and Social Justice

    18 November 2010

August 2010

  1. Trade Union Pluralism and Proliferation in French-Speaking Africa

    19 August 2010

    Collective bargaining is the key weapon in trade union action and, in order to negotiate, workers need organizations which are free, strong, democratic and independent. However, as the ILO’s celebrations of the 60th anniversary of these two Conventions come to an end, it is regrettable to observe a proliferation of trade union organizations in a number of African countries, particularly French-speaking ones.

  2. The growth and decline of political unionism in India: The need for a paradigm shift

    01 August 2010

    This publication analyzes the weaknesses of political unionism in India through various dimensions. It proposes a new paradigm shift towards “service-based unionism”, suitable for the new working environment shaped by changing employment patterns and industrial relations dynamics and for meeting the interests of the workers, especially in the informal economy.

July 2010

  1. Report: Workshop on Climate Change, Its Impacts on Employment and Labour Markets, March 2010

    01 July 2010

    This workshop was organised by the Global Union Research Network (GURN) and coordinated by the ILO’s Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). The aim was to discuss academic research on the employment aspects of climate change and identify research gaps.

June 2010

  1. Winning Fair Labour Standards for Domestic Workers: Lessons Learned from the Campaign for a Domestic Worker Bill of Rights in New York State

    15 June 2010

    This paper attempts to identify the core reasons for the success of the Domestic Workers United (DWU) Domestic Worker Bill of Rights Campaign while explaining how the strategies adopted overcame particular challenges.

  2. Financial Crisis, Deflation, and Trade Unions Responses: What are the Lessons?

    15 June 2010

    In January 2010, intent on drawing similar lessons from a labour perspective, the Bureau of Workers’ Activities and the Global Union Research Network organized their own workshop on “Labour and the economic crises of yesterday and today: Lessons for a just and sustainable future”. This issue of the International Journal of Labour Research brings together the various contributions that were made at that event.

December 2009

  1. Global Capital Strategies and Trade Union Responses: Collective Bargaining and Transnational Trade Union cooperation

    01 December 2009

    International Journal of Labour Research,2009 Vol. 1, Issue 2:The new issue of the International Journal of Labour Research presents a collection of papers that analyse in detail the character of global capital strategies and their impact on workers, as well as trade union responses to these strategies, in particular responses related to the development of transnational forms of collective bargaining.

November 2009

  1. The Employment Effects of Climate Change and Climate Change Responses: A Role for International Labour Standards?

    01 November 2009

October 2009

  1. IJLR - Trade union strategies towards global production systems

    21 October 2009

    IJLR, Vol. I/1, 2009 - This issue of the International Journal of Labour Research emphasizes on the emergence of global production systems and the consequences for trade unions. These include the increasingly international challenges trade unions are facing, as well as the necessity to develop new strategies for effective organization and collective bargaining in order to take advantage of the opportunities presented by globalization.

  2. Trade union strategies towards global production systems

    09 October 2009

    International Journal of Labour Research,2009 Vol. 1, Issue 1: The International Journal of Labour Research is published by the Bureau for Workers’ Activities. It provides an overview of recent research on labour and social policies from trade union researchers and academics around the world. The International Journal of Labour Research is multidisciplinary and will be of interest to trade union researchers, labour ministries and academics of all relevant disciplines - industrial relations, sociology, law, economics and political science. It is published twice a year in English, French and Spanish.

September 2009

  1. The Economic Effects of Collective Bargaining Coverage: A Cross-National Analysis

    01 September 2009

August 2009

  1. ACTRAV Helpdesk on Financial and Economic Crisis

    19 August 2009

    The ACTRAV Helpdesk offers advice and information and makes available workable tools and materials to assist trade unions regarding how they manage their responses to the financial and economic crisis and uphold workers’ rights.

May 2009

  1. ACTRAV Policy Note on Green Jobs

    04 May 2009

January 2009

  1. UN Reform and Workers’ Organizations

    01 January 2009

September 2008

  1. Sourcebook on Economic Literacy for Trade Unions in Africa

    12 September 2008

    Most people find economics boring or intimidating. They tend to think that it is an area that is best left to the ‘experts’. The truth is that we are all part of the economy–workers, unemployed people, consumers, rich and poor. We all live the economy; we enjoy its benefits and suffer its failures and, therefore, we should have some say about how it works–what are the rules, who decides, who benefits. Economic literacy means having a basic understanding of how the economy works.

January 2008

  1. In search of Decent Work –Migrant workers' rights

    01 January 2008

March 2007

  1. Decent Work for Domestic Workers

    04 March 2007

January 2007

  1. Agricultural Workers and their contribution to sustainable agriculture and rural development

    01 January 2007