News items

March 2017

  1. Tripartite Workshop on OSH data collection and use, and safety management in SMEs to Commemorate the World Day for Safety and Health at Work

    28 March 2017

    The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is observed on 28 April annually to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases across the globe. The ILO’s campaign theme for the 2017 World Day for Safety and Health at Work is to optimize the collections and use of OSH data. Obviously, the theme focuses on the critical need for countries to improve their capacity to collect and utilize reliable OSH data.

  2. Productive enterprises, safe and healthy workers

    22 March 2017

    On 9 March 2017, the ILO and SAWS jointly carried out the workshop on ILO-SAWS SCORE Piloting Program Mid-term Review in Deqing County, Zhejiang Province. 80 representatives from the national and local SAWS, local government officials, participating factories and other stakeholders attended the event. Ambitious goal has been set during the meeting that 500 Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Zhejiang Province will be reached and carry out SCORE Project in the coming years.

  3. Indigenous people need help to secure government jobs in Bangladesh

    19 March 2017

    A study has highlighted how job reservation policies could be adjusted to help more indigenous and tribal peoples (ITPs) secure government jobs in Bangladesh.

  4. ILO and ETI to aid SMEs in Guangdong that supply international brands

    17 March 2017

    On 15 March 2017, the ILO Office for China and Mongolia and Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) launched a project to improve the productivity, competiveness and sustainability of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province, under the ILO’s Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises or SCORE program.

  5. Lok Sabha passes the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016

    10 March 2017

    On March 9 Lok Sabha passed the amendments to the Maternity Benefit Act. The bill is aimed at benefiting about 1.8 million women in the organized sector.

  6. 329th Session of the Governing Body

    09 March 2017

    Worker, employer and government representatives of the executive body of the ILO will discuss global employment and social challenges, review basic labour rights and the ILO programme and budget proposals for 2018-19.

  7. Women in Asia: High contribution, little rewards

    01 March 2017

    Women's labour force participation has either fallen or remained stagnant across Asia says the ILO ahead of International Women’s Day. An ILO book reviews the role of women in Asia’s economic transformation and highlights the barriers they face in the region’s labour market.

  8. Upholding the rights of indigenous peoples in Asia: A key to address climate change

    01 March 2017

    Around two thirds of the world’s indigenous peoples live in Asia. An ILO study reviews the legal and policy frameworks which tackle the challenges they face and highlights the pivotal role they play in combating climate change and building resilient societies.

February 2017

  1. Strengthening the maritime sector in the Pacific

    09 February 2017

    ILO training on the implementation of and reporting on the Martime Labour Convention 2006

  2. 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.

  3. 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.