News and Press releases

March 2009

  1. ILO calls for urgent global jobs pact to forestall "prolonged and severe" employment crisis

    24 March 2009

    The Director-General of the International Labour Organization called for a “Global Jobs Pact” to forestall a “prolonged and severe” jobs crisis that would lead to a massive increase in unemployment and working poverty.

  2. ILO warns economic crisis could generate up to 22 million more unemployed women in 2009, jeopardize equality gains at work and at home

    05 March 2009

    The economic crisis is expected to increase the number of unemployed women by up to 22 million in 2009, the International Labour Office (ILO) says in its annual Global Employment Trends for Women report (GET), adding that the global jobs crisis is expected to worsen sharply with the deepening of the recession in 2009.

February 2009

  1. ILO delegates call for urgent new policy measures to address growing job losses in the financial sector

    27 February 2009

    Worker, employer and government representatives called for urgent new policies and measures to mitigate the severe impact of the global financial and economic crisis on the more than 20 million financial sector workers worldwide and to stimulate a sustainable economic recovery.

  2. ILO meeting to discuss employment crunch in the financial sector

    23 February 2009

    More than 100 senior representatives of governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations, gather here on 24-25 February to discuss the impact of the economic crisis on the more than 20 million people employed in the financial sector worldwide.

January 2009

  1. Unemployment, working poor and vulnerable employment to increase dramatically due to global economic crisis

    28 January 2009

    The global economic crisis is expected to lead to a dramatic increase in the number of people joining the ranks of the unemployed, working poor and those in vulnerable employment, the International Labour Office (ILO) says in its annual Global Employment Trends report (GET).

November 2008

  1. ILO warns of cuts in real wages for millions of workers in 2009 – Declines follow decade in which wages failed to keep pace with economic growth

    25 November 2008

    The global economic crisis is expected to lead to painful cuts in the wages of millions of workers worldwide in the coming year, according to a new report published today by the International Labour Office (ILO).

April 2007

  1. Regional Meeting adopts Decent Work Agenda in Africa 2007-15: Sets ambitious targets to be achieved by 2015

    27 April 2007

    Faced with a continental challenge of growth that is failing to create enough better quality jobs to stop rising unemployment and an increasing number of people living in poverty, top worker, employer and government representatives of the ILO's African member States today adopted a sweeping new "Decent Work Agenda in Africa 2007-15".

  2. XIth African Regional Meeting opens with calls for continent-wide mobilization for decent work: 10,000 African women and men added each day to growing ranks of extreme working poor

    24 April 2007

    Noting that "growth with few good jobs is not politically sustainable", ILO Director-General Juan Somavia today called for a new development approach in Africa which "puts people at the centre of development and judges the success of economic and social policy according to what happens to people at work."

  3. 11th ILO African Regional Meeting, Addis Ababa, 24-27 April - Despite upturn, African economies still lack enough decent jobs: Governments, employers and workers to discuss new "policy portfolio" for reducing poverty, creating decent work

    23 April 2007

    Widespread economic growth and increased productivity in Africa has been insufficient to reduce the growing numbers of unemployed and working poor, according to new analyses prepared by the International Labour Office (ILO).

May 2000

  1. National Council for Construction to organise workshop on Green Building Practices and Technologies

    17 May 2000

    The National Council for Construction (NCC) in partnership with the Zambia Green Jobs Programme is organising a training workshop on green building practices and technologies targeting planners, architects and engineers to enhance skills and appreciation for green construction as well as building institutional capacity.