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 An up-and-coming hip-hop dance group, The Zoo Thailand, put their talent to good use and joined the ILO in its campaign to end child labour.
After Haiyan
Supertyphoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on November 8, 2013. ILO emergency employment programmes were in place by December in the hardest hit areas. Special report one year after the storm.
Thanh Nguyen founded Anphabe, the Vietnamese version of LinkedIn, connecting millions of professionals online. She offers advice to young job seekers and shares her views on how the opening of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015 may impact the Vietnamese labour market.
Green jobs
Ilham Rhamanda is one of a new generation of entrepreneurs in Indonesia, for whom there is more to business than pure profits. With ILO support he is following a greener, sustainable approach for his sportswear business.
Small Island Developing States
Seasonal work in New Zealand picking fruit provides not only jobs for people from Pacific island countries, but also opportunities to return home with new skills.
© ILO/J. Wongpaithoon 2014
Than Wai Aung, a migrant worker from Myanmar, turned himself from a construction worker into a mushroom entrepreneur wit the help of the ILO's C-BED business skills training.
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.

What's new

  1. Domestic workers

    FCCT to exhibit Steve McCurry photos of abused domestic workers

    An exhibition of photos of abused domestic workers by American photographer Steve McCurry will open at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) on 21 November 2014.

  1. Social protection

    ASEAN countries outline recommendations for extending social protection

    A list of recommendations for establishing social protection floors and extending social security to the informal economy in ASEAN countries, have been rolled out by representatives of governments’, workers’ and employers’.

  2. Social protection and social dialogue

    High-level Seoul meeting discusses promotion of social protection floors through social dialogue

    Prime Minister Jung Hong-won addresses conference on the role of economic and social councils in supporting social protection

  3. Workers' rights

    New initiative to improve labour rights in Myanmar

    Joint statement of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the United States of America, Japan, Denmark and the International Labour Organization (ILO)

  4. Special multimedia report

    Haiyan, one year on - The Philippines builds back better, greener, stronger

    Typhoon Haiyan, struck the Philippines on November 8, 2013, in what was reportedly the country’s worst-ever natural disaster. More than 8,000 people lost their lives and over 14 million inhabitants, including 5.9 million workers, were affected. ILO emergency employment programmes were in place by December in the areas that were hardest hit. A year after the storm, the Philippines is building back better, greener and stronger than ever…

  5. New ILO report

    ILO to issue new study on global trends in social protection (2010-2015)

    A new study entitled “Social protection global policy trends 2010-2015” will be launched on the occasion of the meeting of Economic and Social Councils to be held in Seoul, South Korea, next week.

  6. E-newsletter

    News@ILO, November 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. Publication

    Minimum wages in the global garment industry

    This research note provides a brief overview of minimum wages for the garment sector in the top 25 apparel exporters from the developing world.

  8. Press release

    Third Transparency Report demonstrates improvements in working conditions

    The International Labour Organization’s Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) programme today releases its 3rd online Transparency Report covering the period from July to September 2014. The report presents working conditions for 248 of Cambodia’s garment factories.

  9. Press release

    Progress on labour rights and factory safety in Bangladesh, but ILO calls for further improvements

    The Government of Bangladesh has made important progress to ensure labour rights and factory safety in the ready-made garment and knitwear industry in Bangladesh, but a lot of work still remains to be done.

  10. Working conditions

    ILO welcomes 'Groundbreaking' Cambodian regulation on working conditions for adult entertainment workers

    A new Cambodian Government regulation that provides for the protection of the labour rights, protection of safety and health, and access to HIV-related services for adult entertainment workers, has been welcomed by Yoshiteru Uramoto, the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Assistant Director General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific.

  11. Better Factories Cambodia

    New study finds high levels of anemia, food insecurity, among Cambodian garment workers

    New study finds 43.2 per cent of Cambodian garment workers surveyed suffer from anemia and 15.7 per cent of workers are underweight according to the baseline survey for the "Study on the Impact of Food Provision on Garment Workers' Health and Productivity." 

  12. The ILO and the G20 

    ILO Director-General welcomes G20's ambitious commitments to promote decent jobs

    Guy Ryder has welcomed commitments made by the G20 Ministers to tackle the global jobs crisis with a package of measures to support the creation of decent jobs that can lift working families out of poverty and drive sustainable development.

  13. Press release

    ILO Thai Twitter account launched

    The ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific today launched a Twitter account in Thai language.The account can be found on Twitter @ILOThai, with the name ILO ภาษาไทย.

Key resources

  1. ASEAN Community 2015: Managing integration for better jobs and shared prosperity

    The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), a single regional common market and production base, will become a reality in 2015. New opportunities for growth and prosperity will emerge, but the challenge is to ensure that growth is inclusive and prosperity is shared. The report examines the impact of the AEC on labour markets and offers evidence-based policy recommendations.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Labour related statistics

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

  5. 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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