News and Press releases


  1. International Migrants Day

    Labour rights and skills development key to improving outcomes of migration in South-East Asia, say ILO and IOM

    15 December 2017,

    Against the backdrop of increasing migration among ASEAN countries, joint ILO/IOM report assesses changes in the lives of migrant workers from before to after their migration.

  2. Press release

    Indonesia needs a second wave of structural transformation to secure jobs in light of technological changes, says new ILO report

    14 December 2017, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Indonesia has maintained a steady growth momentum. Unemployment rate is falling, but many people are still engaged in low-productivity employment. In addition, like several emerging and industrialized economies, Indonesia is confronted by technological advancements which are likely to shape the economy and jobs of the future.

  3. © Sharada Prasad CS 2017

    ILO Social Protection Floors Calculator

    Social protection is affordable, even in the majority of low income countries

    13 December 2017,

    ILO releases a number of easy-to-use tools and guides, which show that most countries could afford to provide social protection floors if they chose to.

  4. © Peretz Partensky 2017

    Child labour and forced labour

    Uzbekistan ends systematic use of child labour and takes measures to end forced labour

    12 December 2017,

    An ILO team monitoring the cotton harvest in Uzbekistan has found that child labour is no longer systematically used and that measures are being taken to end the use of forced labour. These conclusions were discussed at a roundtable in Tashkent.

  5. Press Release

    Fifty per-cent of redundant 'Yazaki EDS' workers secure jobs in Samoa

    06 December 2017, Apia, Samoa

    A preliminary impact assessment on a response project to support redundant Yazaki EDS workers have found good results through a collaborative effort between the ILO, the multinational and national implementation partners.

  6. International Day of Persons with Disabilities

    How trade unions promote decent work for persons with disabilities

    03 December 2017,

    The ILO’s Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV) has launched a report which highlights trade union action to promote decent work for persons with disabilities. ACTRAV talked to the department’s focal point on disability at work, Nezam Qahoush about the challenges persons with disabilities face in the world of work and the role of the trade union movement in promoting decent work for them.

  7. Press release

    Launch of SEA Fisheries Project: Strengthening coordination to combat labour exploitation and trafficking in fisheries

    30 November 2017, Jakarta, Indonesia

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) has launched the SEA Fisheries project to combat human trafficking in fisheries in Southeast Asia.

  8. © Sajjad Hussain / AFP 2017

    Work in Freedom

    DFID announces £13 million for ILO Work in Freedom programme

    30 November 2017,

    DFID pledges a new package of support totalling £13 million for the ILO-run Work in Freedom programme to prevent trafficking and forced labour among women migrant workers from South Asia.

  9. World Social Protection Report 2017-19

    ILO: Over 60% of people in Asia-Pacific have no effective social protection

    30 November 2017,

    New ILO report shows uneven progress to extend social protection coverage in the region. More efforts are needed to ensure adequate social protection for all.

  10. World Social Protection Report 2017-19

    Thailand: A regional example in social protection

    30 November 2017,

    Despite significant coverage gaps, social protection is gaining momentum in Asia’s political agenda. Thailand’s universal programs, such as the old age allowance (OAA) and the Universal Health-Care Coverage Scheme (UCS), are positively referenced in the region.