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ACTRAV - both at headquarters, in the regions and at the International Training Centre in Turin - publishes a wide variety of manuals, brochures and practical guides on a broad spectrum of issues of interest to workers.

Thanks to its close ties with trade union organizations across the world, its presence in the field in various regions and to its training activities, ACTRAV is at the centre of a vast network for information on the trade union movement. This information is placed at the service of the International Labour Office and its constituents and of the public at large through the media, universities and NGOs.

The principal vehicles for this information are in addition to its web pages:

Until recently ACTRAV published the quarterly review Labour Education in three languages English, French and Spanish, devoted to analysis and forward studies. It drew on the best specialists from the world of work and dealt with topics of burning issues.

Starting in 2009 a new ACTRAV publication replaced Labour Education. The International Journal of Labour Research was established to provide a vehicle for disseminating recent research on labour and social policies from trade union researchers and academics around the world. This journal is multi-disciplinary and will be of interest to trade union researchers, labour ministries and academics of all relevant disciplines worldwide - industrial relations, sociology, law, economics and political science. Each focuses on a specific theme and the journal is published twice a year in English, French and Spanish.

Below you will find a list of all ACTRAV publications by year, including the new journal. You can browse by area of interest or region by using the search possibilities in the right column of this page.

Press releases and Newsletters are found by selecting those headings in the left column of this page.

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”.

  2. ACTRAV INFO: February 2013

    25 February 2013

    ACTRAV INFO, A monthly newsletter produced by the ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV), No. 24, February 2013.

  3. 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).

  4. ACTRAV INFO: January 2013

    29 January 2013

    ACTRAV INFO, A monthly newsletter produced by the ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV), No. 23, January 2013.

  5. 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.

2012

  1. ACTRAV INFO: December 2012

    21 December 2012

    ACTRAV INFO, A monthly newsletter produced by the ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV), No 22 December 2012.

  2. ACTRAV INFO: November 2012

    26 November 2012

    ACTRAV INFO, A monthly newsletter produced by the ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV), No 21 November 2012.

  3. 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.

  4. ACTRAV INFO: October 2012

    15 October 2012

    ACTRAV INFO, A monthly newsletter produced by the ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV), No 20 October 2012.

  5. 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

  6. ACTRAV INFO: September 2012

    19 September 2012

    ACTRAV INFO, A monthly newsletter produced by the ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV), No 19 September 2012.

  7. ACTRAV INFO: August 2012

    21 August 2012

    ACTRAV INFO, A monthly newsletter produced by the ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV), No 18 August 2012.

  8. ACTRAV INFO: July 2012

    18 July 2012

    ACTRAV INFO, A monthly newsletter produced by the ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV), No 17 July 2012.

  9. ACTRAV INFO: June 2012

    18 June 2012

    ACTRAV INFO, A monthly newsletter produced by the ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV), No 16 June 2012.

  10. 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.

  11. Confronting Finance: Mobilizing the 99% for economic and social progress

    15 June 2012

    "The Global Labour Column has become a valuable source of analysis of current economic trends that affect working people all over the world. This anthology brings together critical pieces on many issues (fiscal strategies, finance policies, social protection, strategies for job creation and much more), encompassing different regions and various perspectives." -Jayati Ghosh, Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

  12. Export Processing Zones in China-A Survey Report and a Case Study

    11 June 2012

    Running in tandem with China’s gradual shift away from a planned towards a market economy, the development of EPZs has become the epitome of China’s reform and opening up, as well as a major catalyzer of this process.

  13. Trade Unions and Special Economic Zones in India

    11 June 2012

    The term SEZ covers a broad range of zones, such as export processing zones, industrial parks, free ports, enterprise zones, and others. Industrial free zones, industrial export zones, free trade zones (often presented as bonded platforms within countries heavily involved in transit trade), special economic zones (principally in China), bonded warehouses, technological and scientific parks, financial services zones, free ports, duty-free zones (destined for the retailing of duty-free consumer goods to tourists) are also among the variants. EPZs have been a feature of Indian policy since 1960.

  14. The State of Trade Unionism and Industrial Relations practice in Nigeria’s Export Processing Zones

    11 June 2012

    The expansion of Export Processing Zones (EPZs) across the world has been an attendant phenomenon to the globalising processes of neoliberalism in the past few decades. The EPZs are supposed to be vehicles for the attraction of much needed foreign direct investments for development by the world’s underdeveloped and less developed countries. Unfortunately, they have also become havens for some of the worst work practices and denial of workers’ rights to associate in defence of their rights and for the advancement of their interests, thus constituting one of the most inhumane “race to the bottom” characteristic of the neoliberal pathway to socio economic development of countries.

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