Feature articles

2015

  1. NO to Child Labour, YES to Quality Education

    12 June 2015

  2. ‘Til Everyone Can See - Thai rock stars use their talents to fight child labour

    10 June 2015

    To mark World Day Against Child Labour, Thailand's biggest rock stars have worked with the International Labour Organization on the first national language cover version of the song 'Til Everyone Can See.

  3. The way back to school

    31 May 2015

    Saddis Kumar's mother works in a tea plantation in Sri Lanka. His father is unable to work due to a health problem. Saddis was about to fall into child labour, but then the ILO intervened. Read his story.

  4. When dialogue makes good sense for businesses and workers alike

    01 May 2015

    The successful introduction of effective and regular systems for employers and workers to communicate has boosted productivity and improved working conditions in a Viet Nam auto production company. It has also shown how important it is for such initiatives to be replicated more widely so that new laws bring real, grassroots change.

  5. Technology lightens the load for factory inspector

    01 April 2015

    ‘LISA’ App on a tablet makes the job of a labour inspector in Colombo easier and helps monitor cases and ensure compliance with labour laws.

  6. Survey on “Measuring migration costs for low-skilled migrant workers from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia and the UAE”

    24 March 2015

    ILO is embarking on an exciting collaboration with the Lahore School of Economics (LSE) by commissioning a survey on “Measuring Migration Costs for Low-Skilled Migrant Workers from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia and the UAE” under the South Asia Labour Migration Governance (SALM) Project funded by the EU.

  7. The Changemaker

    06 March 2015

    Asma Ahmad Sheikh has helped people in rural Pakistan get training and set up their own businesses. Her work as a Changemaker led to her winning in a global skills competition.

  8. "I am ready to take action"

    05 March 2015

    After learning the experiences of women homeworkers in India, Sri, a leader of a homeworkers’ group in Mojokerto, East Java Province of Indonesia, is more confident to manage the group and she is ready to take actions.

  9. “I don’t want to be a labourer forever. I want to be a boss”

    05 March 2015

    Restiana, 42 years old, is a leader of a homeworkers’ group in Mojokerto, East Java Province of Indonesia, with a strong determination to improve the lives of women homeworkers like her.

  10. In their own voices

    02 March 2015

    An ILO-produced film documents the opportunities and obstacles on the path taken by migrant health-care workers from the Philippines.

  11. Giving rights to millions of domestic workers in Pakistan

    26 February 2015

    Promoting Gender Equality for Pakistan, an ILO project funded by the Canadian government, is working with tripartitie partners in Punjab to bring rights and recognition to domestic workers.

  12. How tourism makes a difference in poor areas of Viet Nam

    11 February 2015

    Over the last three years, an International Labour Organization (ILO) project in Viet Nam has developed tourism-boosting jobs and reduced poverty in neglected areas.

  13. Peace, prosperity and papayas

    02 February 2015

    Her papaya crop is paying off for a widowed farmer helped by the ILO-supported LEED program, which has boosted business in fisheries, construction and agriculture.

2014

  1. © Steve McCurry 2015

    Ending the abuse of domestic workers in Asia

    22 December 2014

    Although there are more than 52 million domestic workers world-wide, including more than 21 million in Asia Pacific, only a small minority are covered by general labour laws. This lack of protection leaves them vulnerable to – sometimes terrible – abuse and exploitation. Journalist Karen Emmons has been working with the photographer Steve McCurry on a documentary project, “No one should work this way,” to record and expose some of the abuses faced by Asian migrant domestic workers.

  2. SAARC commits to helping migrant workers

    18 December 2014

  3. Avoiding the gamble: making migrant labour fairer

    18 December 2014

    By Yoshiteru Uramoto, Assistant Director General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, International Labour Organization

  4. SAARC commits to helping migrant workers

    18 December 2014

    By Yoshiteru Uramoto, Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific of the International Labour Organization (ILO)

  5. Skills for a brighter future

    18 December 2014

    Refugees in a camp along Thai-Myanmar border are equipped with livelihood and buisness skills for a better future.

  6. “I want homeworkers to be acknowledged as workers”

    15 December 2014

    Ida Fitriany has learned a lot about homeworkers issues since joining Yasanti’s programme with ILO MAMPU Project. She now knows that homeworkers are workers and have the rights as other workers and she wants to keep voicing these rights.

  7. “We should develop local regulation to protect the homeworkers”

    15 December 2014

    Totok Nurhandajanto, Head of Industrial Relations Division, Provincial Manpower Office of East Java Province, recognized similar conditions between India and Indonesia pertaining to homeworkers, where they faced various challenges including low wages, limited occupational safety and health protection, limited social security and long hours work.