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2014

  1. Saphan Siang Youth Ambassadors: Engaging youth to change public attitudes towards migrant workers

    04 July 2014

    Migrant workers often suffer from discrimination and biased public attitudes in Thailand. An ILO-supported programme aims to change the situation by engaging a group of university students with the migrant workers. Better understanding and mutual respect has been created. They are expected to influence more people.

  2. Fighting for workers’, and women’s, rights in Indonesia

    01 June 2014

    From scepticism and questioning to recognition and trust; Elly Rosita Silaban’s path to the leadership of a huge Indonesian labour union shows how the barriers for women unionists can be broken through passion and perseverance.

  3. Seasonal work brings year-round benefits

    02 May 2014

    A new harvest is ready, and Celestine Aisa Maino, a seasonal worker from Papua New Guinea, has just embarked on her latest overseas journey. Working on a large Australian fruit farm gives her more income, and an ILO project helps her to use it to build a brighter future for her and her family.

  4. Next govt faces ‘jobless growth’

    30 April 2014

    An opinion-editorial by Tauvik Muhamad, Programme Officer of ILO-Jakarta discussing about the jobless growth phenomenon which would be faced by the new government. The piece is published in conjunction with the commemoration of the Labour Day.

  5. Migrant workers get the short end of the stick

    30 April 2014

    Pakistani migrant workers, have very little information about the law in their own country or the destination country. They are given no pre-departure briefings or any information about how their embassy can support them once they leave. As a result, they are left to rely on recruitment agencies, who being largely unregulated, can be quite unscrupulous.

  6. A teacher like Baji

    28 April 2014

    Rubina’s story was told by representatives of the Punjab Literacy Department attending the South Asia Labour Conference recently held in Lahore. They were there to emphasize the close links between literacy, education, skills, employment and income.

  7. Fingerprints solve the social security problem for Pakistan’s Brick Kiln Workers

    24 April 2014

    The Department of Labour Punjab and the ILO are working to extend labour laws and social protection to brick kiln workers. For some it starts with finding their fingerprints again.

  8. Inspiring students through the ILO’s new KAB Start Up and Go Modules

    15 April 2014

    The ILO in collaboration with the Ministry of National Education and the Provincial Education Office of East Java conducted an entrepreneurship pilot project at vocational schools and high schools for six months (June-December) in 2013. The project covered five districts: Lamongan, Blitar, Kediri, Bangkalan dan Banyuwangi.

  9. Why breastfeeding is a truck driver’s issue

    31 March 2014

    Truck driver Ronaldo Payda believes breastfeeding rights are a man's business too. He took up the cause after he and his wife saw the effects on their new baby. An ILO project is trying to build on such advocacy work, to help more working women keep their babies healthy.

  10. Empowering women homeworkers for better working conditions

    26 March 2014

    Uswatun has been doing embroidery work from home, in the Pakis subdistrict of Malang, for more than seven years. She works every day of the week for up to ten hours a day. “No holidays,” she says, with a laugh.

  11. The daily struggle of a Haiyan widow

    24 March 2014

    Jobs are the top priority for many of those whose livelihoods were shattered by Super Typhoon Haiyan. The situation is particularly challenging for women who lost their husbands and became head of household overnight.

  12. A promise to domestic workers, after 10 years

    18 March 2014

    An opinion-editorial by Irham Ali Saifuddin, Capacity Building Specialist, ILO-Jakarta highlighting the importance of the ILO Convention No. 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. This was published by the Jakarta Post on 18 March 2014.

  13. The daily struggle of a Haiyan widow

    07 March 2014

    Jobs are the top priority for many of those whose livelihoods were shattered by Super Typhoon Haiyan. The situation is particularly challenging for women who lost their husbands and became head of household overnight.

  14. "Money finds us!" - Enriching the vegetable harvest in Timor-Leste

    28 February 2014

    How an ILO supported project helped a local community to improve their farming practices, develop their market access, create jobs and support the development of small and medium-sized enterprises.

  15. © ILO 2014
    100 days on, Haiyan survivors need more jobs to recover

    17 February 2014

    Millions of workers have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan’s devastation, many of whom were in a vulnerable situation in the first place. The ILO has been responding by providing emergency employment programmes to help restore sustainable livelihoods. Several workers talked to ILO News on how they are trying to rebuild their lives.

  16. Agriculture and youth employment: The missing link

    14 February 2014

    The agricultural sector has a huge potential to create jobs but needs to polish its image in order to attract more young people. To do this, governments should provide relevant education and training.

  17. A father, a mechanic, a trainer, an entrepreneur and disabled – in that order

    11 February 2014

    Ask anyone in Tongi about Mosharrof Hossain and they’ll tell you he’s the man to fix your fridge. What they probably won’t tell you is that he will do it without hands.

  18. Underrated, underreported: Working women in Pakistan

    03 February 2014

    Gender stereotypes are common in Pakistani media and continue to make it difficult for women to play an equal role in the country’s workforce. A recent ILO project focuses on Pakistani journalists themselves, using media to re-shape public perception about working women.

2013

  1. Haiyan survivors see hope in long-term employment

    20 December 2013

    Restoring livelihoods is a priority for workers affected by Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines on 8 November killing thousands of people and leaving millions homeless and jobless. As the recovery gathers pace, people are looking for sustainable sources of income to support themselves and their families.

  2. Better talk leads to better work

    09 December 2013

    As Viet Nam prepares for a major expansion of international trade – with the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Free Trade Agreement negotiations – a new system for worker-employer relations in garment factories is helping to pave the way to improved working conditions and competitiveness.

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