News and articles


  1. Labour law reform

    Retirement age, overtime top lawmakers’ discussion on revised Labour Code

    19 June 2019,

    The draft revised Labour Code was brought to the National Assembly for discussion and is expected to get the green light from lawmakers in the next sitting in October 2019.

  2. News update

    Launch of a Girl Guide Badge on Preventing Child Labour

    19 June 2019,

    Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association (SLGGA), in partnership with the ILO in Sri Lanka and Maldives, launched a new badge on preventing Child Labour to mark World Day Against Child Labour last week.

  3. Development and cooperation

    Malaysia to adopt a Decent Work Country Programme

    19 June 2019,

    Malaysia‘s first Decent Work Country Programme for 2019-2025 sets to promote Decent Work for sustainable development and accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

  4. News update

    ILO hosts tour of the Qatar Visa Center in Sri Lanka

    18 June 2019, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    ILO brought together a broad range of migration stakeholders in Sri Lanka to discuss progress on ensuring fair recruitment for migrant workers through the Qatar Visa Center (QVC) in Colombo. The ILO is providing technical advice on the development of the Colombo QVC which aim to make the recruitment and deployment procedures faster and more transparent for both migrant workers and employers in Qatar, as well as eliminate contract deception.

  5. Domestic Workers' Day

    An aging Asia increases the demand for domestic workers. But what about their rights?

    16 June 2019,

    Mr. Nilim Baruah, International Labour Organization’s Regional Migration Specialist for Asia and the Pacific, reviews progress on migrant domestic workers’ rights in Asia.

  6. South South Cooperation

    ILO and All China Federation of Trade Unions join forces to implement decent work in Asia Pacific

    15 June 2019, ILO Geneva

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) signed today a cooperation agreement with All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) to enhance the institutional capacities of trade unions in Asia and the Pacific.

  7. International labour standards

    ILO welcomes Viet Nam's vote to ratify ILO fundamental convention on collective bargaining

    14 June 2019,

    All of the deputies present at the National Assembly session on 14 June voted yes to the ratification of ILO Convention 98 on the Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining.

  8. Fair recruitment

    Philippines, Hong Kong agencies ink fair recruitment code

    14 June 2019, Hong Kong

    Two of the biggest employment agencies in Hong Kong and the Philippines signed a Code of Conduct to promote fair recruitment of domestic workers. The Code, based on the International Labour Organization’s guidelines, is a milestone agreement as the world marks the International Domestic Workers’ Day on 16 June.

  9. News

    Learning OSH in a fun and creative way with OSHNopoly

    14 June 2019, Jakarta, Indonesia

    The ILO promote a fun and creative way to learn about concept and practical information on occupational safety and health (OSH) through a board game named OSHNopoly. ILO Jakarta Office is to launch the Indonesian version of the game.

  10. 108th International Labour Conference - ASPAG ministerial meeting

    Asia-Pacific and Arab States labour ministers: Harness opportunities of the future, for decent work for all

    13 June 2019,

    Asia Pacific Group (ASPAG) labour ministers met on sidelines of the Centenary session of the International Labour Conference to exchange ideas on generating Decent Work for sustainable development in the wider Asia Pacific region.