News items

February 2017

  1. Workers', employers', and government's representatives from Afghanistan start a training on employment for resilience

    06 February 2017

    The official Opening Ceremony of the One Year Training Programme on Employment Policies: moving from fragility to resilience – tailored for Afghanistan took place at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi, India. The event is the first in a series of eight modules that will train 30 participants from the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD) of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan as well as representatives of Workers’ and Employers’ Organizations in the country.

  2. Inspection checklist a new step in labour inspectorate reform

    02 February 2017

    A new inspection checklist developed by the Department of Inspections for Factories and Establishments (DIFE) with the support of ILO’s RMG programme funded by Canada, the Netherlands and United Kingdom came into force on 1 January 2017. It marks another major step in the process of creating a modern, credible and transparent labour inspectorate for Bangladesh. ILO Programme Officer Hasina Begum explains just why the check list is so important.

January 2017

  1. Call for Expression of Interest (EOI): Develop Job Portal and Labour Market database system

    20 January 2017

    The ILO Nepal is looking for development of user friendly job portal with LMI database system for KOICA funded ILO's LIfE Project to facilitate registration with relevant informration and better job matching for both job seekers and employers.

  2. Sri Lanka ratifies the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006)

    12 January 2017

    Sri Lanka is the 81st ILO member State and the 16th Asian State to have ratified the Convention

  3. Opinion-editorial on fishing and seafood

    11 January 2017

    By Jason Judd, Senior Technical Officer, ILO Thailand Country Office.

December 2016

  1. Towards a fair migration for Indonesian migrant workers

    26 December 2016

    Considering millions of Indonesian workers and their families have to travel to countries other than their own to find work, the two-day seminar on “Promoting Decent Work for Indonesian Migrant Workers” concluded with recommendations for Indonesia to apply fair recruitment principles and to promote universal coverage of the social security system for all Indonesian migrant workers.

  2. The Indonesia Business and Disability Network to promote diversity and inclusiveness at the workplace

    20 December 2016

    Indonesia continues to move towards inclusive business with the establishment of the Indonesia Business and Disability Network (IBDN) in December 2016.

  3. Bangladesh Business and Disability Network to help boost disability inclusion

    19 December 2016

    A new business network will support the practical needs of employers who are employing people with disabilities or are willing to make their workplaces more disability inclusive.

  4. Promoting financial inclusion for all

    16 December 2016

    The seminar took a closer look at challenges and opportunities in Indonesia to mainstream social performance management (SPM). A full session was dedicated to discussing SPM approaches and practices in Indonesia.

  5. ILO’s Asia Pacific labour conference adopts Bali Declaration

    16 December 2016

    The 16th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting (APRM) of the International Labour Organization (ILO) concluded with a call for governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations in the region to do more to promote inclusive growth, social justice and decent work.

  6. ILO Director-General Guy Ryder hails working conditions progress in Bangladesh

    13 December 2016

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder has praised progress made by Bangladesh to improve working conditions and grow its economy while calling for the benefits of development to be shared fairly.

  7. ‘Skills 21’ set to drive Bangladesh skills sector development to next level

    13 December 2016

    A new skills development programme implemented by ILO and funded by the European Union (EU) will build on the achievements of earlier EU/ILO initiatives to modernise the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system in Bangladesh.

  8. Development partners signal intent to continue ready-made garment sector support in Bangladesh

    12 December 2016

    Representatives of the governments of Bangladesh, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom as well as the ILO signed a Memorandum of Intent to continue efforts to improve conditions in the Bangladesh ready-made garment industry.

  9. Noriyuki Suzuki: “Violations of workers’ rights remain a challenge in the Asia- Pacific region”

    07 December 2016

    The General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation - Asia Pacific (ITUC-AP), Noriyuki Suzuki, discusses the decent work challenges the unions face in his region Fair migration and the role of unions in the implementation of the ILO’s Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy in Asia Pacific are particular priorities for him.

  10. Photo news of the ILO's 16th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting (APRM)

    07 December 2016

    A series of photo news featuring the Vice President of Indonesia, Jusuf Kalla, during the opening of the ILO's 16th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting (APRM)

November 2016

  1. ILO and UNFPA to collaborate on gender issues

    30 November 2016

    ILO and UNFPA to combine efforts relating to workplace violence as well as sexual and reproductive health rights

  2. OSH and Labour inspectors learn new skills

    30 November 2016

    The objective of the training was to provide basic concepts, principles and skills to participants to manage and implement OSH and labour standards requirements under ILO Conventions and National Legislation

  3. Global hotel chains in Bali to promote youth employment

    29 November 2016

    Around 30 members of Bali Hotel Association gathered in November to look at ways in which business could further advance the principles of the ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration). This workshop was a follow-up to the similar workshop held in Jakarta.

  4. Pathways to enhancing industrial relations in Indonesia

    29 November 2016

    Attended by around 50 tripartite participants, the Forum presented results of the 7th Regional Tripartite Industrial Relations (IR) Seminar, “Promoting Social Dialogue within Enterprises”, held in Chiba, Japan, last September, highlighting the current industrial relations in the ASEAN region. One of the key results highlighted was the importance of the bipartite cooperation at the enterprise level as ways to support harmonious industrial relations within enterprises.

  5. Promoting employment and enhancing business linkages in Indonesia

    29 November 2016

    Around 80 representatives from multinational companies, employers’ associations, workers’ organizations, employment observers and academia gathered in Jakarta in November to look at ways in which business could further advance the principles of the ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration).