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The well-publicised case of the abused Indonesian maid Erwiana Sulistyaningsih placed a spotlight on the plight of a vulnerable and often invisible population, migrant domestic workers.
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Grammy nominated and Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger joins the Red Card to Child Labour campaign and talks about his song “Till Everyone can See” on the APYouthNet talk show.
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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.
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Seasonal workers from Papua New Guinea have just embarked on their latest overseas journey. Working on a large Australian fruit farm gives them more income, and an ILO project helps them to use it to build a brighter future for them and their families.
  1. ILO topic portal on labour migration
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© Saeed Khan / AFP 2014
We need to step up the speed of change to better protect domestic workers throughout the world, says ILO Wage Specialist Malte Luebker six months after the entry into force of ILO Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers.

  1. ILO topic portal on Domestic Workers
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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.
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What's new

  1. Skills development in Asia-Pacific

    ILO Meeting to discuss ways to improve skills development in Asia-Pacific

    An International Labour Organization (ILO) meeting is expected to roll out new action plans to improve skills development in Asia and the Pacific.

  2. Mandela Day

    Nelson Mandela and the ILO

    The ILO joins the international community to mark Nelson Mandela International Day celebrated every year in honour of Nelson Mandela on the date of his birthday, July 18.

  3. Migrant workers

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

    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.

  4. People living with HIV

    Bold move in Sri Lanka lets people with HIV get health coverage

    For the first time, leading insurance firms in Sri Lanka will cover HIV-related medical costs. The move – spearheaded by the ILO – means increased access to treatment and a better quality of life for HIV-positive patients and their families.

  5. Press release

    ILO and the Republic of Korea sign US$1 million funding deal

    The Government of the Republic of Korea to contribute US$1 million to ILO programmes to improve working conditions in Asia and the Pacific and other parts of the world.

  6. E-newsletter

    News@ILO, July/August 2014

    The latest newsletter of the ILO Regional Office in Asia and the Pacific, covering the latest activities in the region, upcoming activities and recent publications.

  7. Domestic worker

    Domestic work, Work like any other

    Two months ago, a 23-year old domestic worker from a little-known Indonesian city was named as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People. Ms Erwiana Sulistyaningsih was recognized alongside presidents and popstars for what she didn’t do – Erwiana didn’t stay silent.

  8. Partnerships

    ILO and Singapore renew Partnership Agreement to improve labour and workplace practices in South-East Asia

    Involves cooperation on issues concerning productivity, occupational safety and health, tripartism and social dialogue.

  9. Press release

    Lao People’s Democratic Republic Ratifies ILO Convention on Night Work

    The Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) has ratified the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention covering standards for night work, Convention No. 171.

  10. New report

    Lesbians, gays, transgender, bisexuals face persistant workplace discrimination - ILO report

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) will release a report on workplace discrimination against lesbians, gays, transgendered people and bisexuals (LGBT) in Thailand.

  11. World of Work 2014 report

    ILO: Countries investing in high quality jobs can make economic leaps

    The ILO’s flagship report on the world of work shows, for the first time, that quality jobs can drive sustained growth in emerging and developing countries.

  12. Economics of forced labour

    Illegal profits from forced labour in Asia-Pacific estimated at about US$52 billion per year

    New ILO report estimates that one third of global annual profits of US$150 billion from forced labour are generated in the Asia-Pacific region.

  13. ASEAN labour market

    Skills and lack of awareness of AEC 2015 a major concern for enterprises, ILO warns

    Enterprises throughout the ASEAN region are extremely concerned about the lack of skilled workforce as the 2015 deadline for the start of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) approaches, according to a new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

  14. Rebuilding livelihoods

    Typhoon Haiyan - six months on

    It is now six months since Typhoon Haiyan made landfall on 8 November, devastating parts of the central Philippines and affecting 14 million people overall, of which six million workers. A massive international mobilization and the resilience of the survivors helped restore livelihoods but millions still have needs requiring urgent attention.

  15. South Asia Labour Conference 2014: Fostering regional cooperation for Decent Work

    This high level, three-day conference will focus on seven key thematic areas to discuss how to promote decent work in the countries of South Asia .

  16. New community of practice

    ILO launches new knowledge sharing platform on forced labour

    AP-Forced Labour Net is a new ILO-sponsored online knowledge sharing platform for individuals, organizations, and institutions working on issues related to forced labour, human trafficking and slavery in the Asia-Pacific region.

Key resources

  1. Global Employoment Trends 2014: Risk of a jobless recovery

    The ILO's latest study on employment trends looks at global and regional employment trends - including unemployment, working poverty and vulnerable employment - and highlights growing concerns about the quality of jobs.

  2. World of Work 2014 report

    This year’s edition focuses on developing countries and argues that quality jobs are a key driver for development. It draws on evidence from over 140 developing countries and finds that a common factor amongst those countries that have achieved higher per capita income and sustained growth was quality jobs.

  3. Labour related statistics

    A database of labour statistics and methodologies covering the economically active population, employment, unemployment, wages and related variables.

  4. Global jobs pact

    This global policy instrument addresses the social and employment impact of the international financial and economic crisis. It promotes a productive recovery centred on investments, employment and social protection.

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