Publications

December 2014

  1. Trade Union Manual on Export Processing Zones

    01 December 2014

    The conclusions of the workshop on organizing in export processing zones (EPZs) organized jointly by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV) in February 2011 ended with 2 key challenges. Firstly, engaging in the policy debate with governments on EPZ policy. Secondly, organizing workers. The manual responds to these two challenges.

November 2014

  1. Conference Committee on the Application of Standards: Extracts from the Record of Proceedings (ILC 2014)

    17 November 2014

    The Conference Committee on the Application of Standards, a standing tripartite body of the International Labour Conference and an essential component of the ILO’s supervisory system, examines each year the report published by the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations.

October 2014

  1. Job preservation through worker cooperatives: An overview of international experiences and strategies

    08 October 2014

    This book has been written to fill a gap in the literature. At a basic level, it is meant to inform of successful cases of job preservation through the creation of worker cooperatives in different regions of the world. More importantly, it is meant to elucidate the conditions of success for such attempts at recovery and to draw the important lessons learned by workers and their organizations in dealing with them.

September 2014

  1. Child Labour and Education for All

    08 September 2014

    A resource Guide for trade unions and a call against Child Labour and for Education for All.

June 2014

  1. The Challenge of Inequality

    23 June 2014

    This issue of the International Journal of Labour Research addresses one of the central challenges of our times: that of overcoming growing inequalities in our societies. This trend, now well-recognized, is worrying not only for its economic impact, but as importantly because it threatens the very social fabric of our societies and may in time become a threat to democracy itself.

April 2014

  1. Trade unions and worker cooperatives: Where are we at?

    01 April 2014

    Last May, ACTRAV and the ILO cooperative branch held a seminar on the topic of relations between trade unions and worker cooperatives. The goal was to re-examine the relationship between the two movements by taking stock of recent initiatives around the world. To be sure, the relationship between trade unions and cooperatives is as long as the history of trade unions. In fact, it is fair to say that the first associations of workers that emerged in Europe looked more like cooperatives than trade unions.

December 2013

  1. Multinationales Enterprises and Freedom of Association: Cases of the ILO Committee on Freedom of Association

    24 December 2013

    Provides an overview of the violations of freedom of association that originated in major multinational enterprises, summarizing the facts alleged by the unions, the Committee's recommendations and the subsequent result, with the aim of highlighting one more time the importance of the Committee and of the international labour standards in general, for protecting the fundamental rights of workers around the world.

  2. Organizing for Decent Work in the Informal Economy-Strategies, Methods and Practices

    20 December 2013

    Based largely on empirical studies, this book makes an invaluable contribution by presenting trade union organizing strategies, methods and practices in South Asian countries.

October 2013

  1. 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.

June 2013

  1. Decent Work for Domestic Workers The state of labour rights, social protection and trade union initiatives in Europe

    19 June 2013

    Domestic work has come to the fore of international attention with the adoption of ILO Convention 189 and Recommendation 201 concerning Decent work for domestic workers by the International Labour Conference in 2011. It has also been the topic of a 2012 European training program of the Programme for Workers Activities of the International Training Centre of the ILO, organised in cooperation with the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT) and funded by the EU.

  2. 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.

March 2013

  1. Are “green” jobs decent?

    21 March 2013

    This issue of the Journal focuses on the question of whether the jobs that are emerging in the efforts to reach sustainable development can be described as “decent”.

January 2013

  1. 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).

  2. Worker Cooperatives as a Response to the Crisis: by Pierre Laliberté

    29 January 2013

  3. Why have wage shares fallen? A panel analysis of the determinants of functional income distribution

    21 January 2013

  4. Formalizing domestic work through the use of service vouchers-The particular cases of France, Belgium and the canton of Geneva

    14 January 2013

    In 2011, the ILO adopted Convention n° 189 and Recommendation n° 201 on decent work for domestic workers. All over the world, a large proportion of domestic workers remain in the informal economy, and this prevents them from fully enjoying all the rights enshrined in these new standards.

November 2012

  1. Wage-led growth: Concept, theories and policies

    05 November 2012

October 2012

  1. Make poverty history-Trade Union manual on the Millennium Development Goals

    17 October 2012

    The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been the main development framework for the international community since the year 2000. These goals have provided a framework for focused intergovernmental action to fight extreme poverty.

September 2012

  1. Labour in the Global South: Challenges and alternatives for workers

    20 September 2012

    “Labour in the global South is an exciting contribution to the new field of global labour studies. It identifies in ten clearly written chapters the innovative and creative responses to the challenges facing labour worldwide.” −Edward Webster, University of Kassel, Germany, and University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

June 2012

  1. Social Justice and Growth: The Role of the Minimum Wage

    18 June 2012

    This issue of the International Journal of Labour Research is wholly dedicated to the question of the minimum wage, a matter that has gained in importance and profile in recent years. No doubt, the main reasons behind this rise in prominence relate to the stagnation of wages in several parts of the world, a generalized increase in earnings inequality as well as the rise in social unrest across the globe.