Publications

The ILO publishes a wide range of books, reports, working papers, training manuals, CD-ROMs, videos and flash movies, relevant to Asia and the Pacific. Some of these can be downloaded directly. Others can be requested or purchased in hard copy from the ILO Knowledge Centre in Bangkok.

March 2016

  1. Preventing forced labour in the textile and garment supply chains in Viet Nam: Guide for trainers

    30 March 2016

    The guide for trainers was jointly developed and issued by the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

  2. Preventing forced labour in the textile and garment supply chains in Viet Nam Guide for employers

    30 March 2016

    The guide was jointly developed and issued by the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) to serve as a reference guide for company managers and staff responsible for human resources management and social and legal compliance issues in Vietnamese textile and garment enterprises.

  3. Global supply chains in the food industry: Insights from the Asia-Pacific region

    29 March 2016

    Increasingly, local food markets supplied by small farmers are being replaced by global supply chains (GSCs) dominated by lead retailers, most of them based in developed countries. Workers employed by suppliers often work in low-paid, insecure and only semi-skilled jobs. To stimulate improvements in participant firm productivity, thereby promoting decent work, it is important to understand the salient features and dynamics of food GSCs, including how these are governed.

  4. Managing labour mobility: Opportunities and challenges for employers in the ASEAN region

    28 March 2016

    This publication series documents and consolidates the outputs of the regional meetings to better inform employers’ activities, and summarizes the position of employers’ on the priority issues on labour migration in the ASEAN region. It gives the context of these priority areas as well as the policy position papers agreed upon as a result of the regional workshops.

  5. Managing labour mobility: Opportunities and challenges for employers in the ASEAN region

    28 March 2016

    This publication series documents and consolidates the outputs of the regional meetings to better inform employers’ activities, and summarizes the position of employers’ on the priority issues on labour migration in the ASEAN region. It gives the context of these priority areas as well as the policy position papers agreed upon as a result of the regional workshops.

  6. Social protection: Women migrant workers in ASEAN

    28 March 2016

    This Policy Brief provides an overview of the social protection mechanisms available to women migrant workers in ASEAN, identifying good practices and making recommendations for improvements. The Policy Brief highlights the importance of the portability of social protection and the challenges for women migrant workers in claiming social protection from employers and states.

  7. Education, training and skills: Women migrant workers in ASEAN

    28 March 2016

    This Policy Brief considers skills supply and demand in ASEAN in relation to women migrant workers, making recommendations to policy-makers, development partners, social partners and civil society that can improve access for women to skills development opportunities and better jobs. With ASEAN economic integration planning to introduce freer movement of skilled labour, there is a need to standardize and recognize qualifications and skills across the region to ensure efficient and mutually beneficial labour migration.

  8. Valuing the contributions of women migrant workers in ASEAN

    28 March 2016

    This Policy Brief takes a broader view of women’s labour migration in ASEAN and considers both the economic and non-economic contributions that they make. Recognising that women labour migrants face gender specic challenges and barriers, this Policy Brief provides recommendations to policy-makers on how to ensure the potential of women migrant workers is maximized to benefit the individual migrant, her family and her community while avoiding simplifying women migrant workers as tools of economic development.

  9. Cambodian Garment and Footwear Sector Bulletin Issue 3

    28 March 2016

    This issue of the Bulletin outlines the process and criteria used to adjust Cambodia’s minimum wage. The analysis is based on official statistics, mainly from the Ministry of Commerce, The Cambodia Investment Board, the National Institute of Statistics and the National Bank of Cambodia.

  10. Report to the Government: Assessment of the social security legislation for the ratification of the Social Security (Minimum Standards) Convention, 1952 (No. 102)

    24 March 2016

    This report contains a detailed legal assessment of existing social security provisions taking into account the requirements of Convention No. 102, and is intended to serve as a reference in view of a possible future ratification of Convention No. 102 by Mongolia. It formulates a number of recommendations and, on the basis of the analysis with the information made available to the ILO at the time of preparing this report, concludes that Mongolia is indeed in a position to ratify the Convention by meeting its minimum requirements.

  11. India: Safety and health for sandstone mine workers (2016)

    23 March 2016

    A manual for ensuring safe workplaces for sandstone mine workers in India. The publication was prepared by the Centre for Workers’ Management for ILO-IPEC and IndustriALL Global Union with funding from Irish Aid.

  12. Online course: Preventing and addressing forced labour and trafficking in persons in East and South-East Asia

    22 March 2016

    The online course was developed to help participants have a clearer understanding of issues such as forced labour, trafficking in persons, substandard working conditions and labour migration, as well as of the root causes and vulnerabilities that put people at risk of falling victims to labour exploitation.

  13. Guide on measuring migration policy impacts in ASEAN

    21 March 2016

    This Guide offers policy-makers and administrators a guide for evaluating how labour migration policies work in practice, based on documented experiences in ASEAN and other parts of the world. It starts with assessing the outcomes of labour market tests used to determine whether the migrant workers requested by employers are really needed.

  14. Labour practices in India

    15 March 2016

    The paper investigates labour practices in labour-intensive (garments, food processing), medium-tech (auto components, electronics assembly) and high-tech (IT services) sectors. It develops a typology of labour practices based on workers' roles in production (operator, high employee involvement and work team) and characterizes them by education, employment security, wages and supervision.

  15. Case studies in the international recruitment of nurses: Promising practices in recruitment among agencies in the United Kingdom, India, and the Philippines

    15 March 2016

    This report is a product of the ILO’s Decent Work Across Borders project: A Pilot project for Migrant Health Professionals and Skilled Workers, funded by the European Union. Although the number of ethical recruitment agencies is increasing, many migrants continue to be exposed to the risk of being lured into exploitative employment by unscrupulous brokers, agencies and employers. Noting that a segment of the recruitment industry has been active in promoting fair and ethical recruitment standards, this publication raises the visibility of promising or good practices, emanating from this particular group of agencies.

  16. Review of the government-to-government mechanism for the employment of Bangladeshi workers in the Malaysian plantation sector

    11 March 2016

    Migrant workers form a key element in labour markets throughout the Asia-Pacific region. In Bangladesh, like many other countries of origin, labour migration is a source of employment, and workers’ remittances are critical to poverty alleviation and for offsetting the foreign trade deficit. Malaysia is a major country of destination, where migrants make up approximately a quarter of the workforce. Migrant workers’ contributions are critical in several key economic sectors, including the multi-billion dollar palm oil industry.

  17. Compilation of assessment studies on technical vocational education and training (TVET): Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mongolia, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam

    08 March 2016

    This publication is a compilation of assessment studies on technical vocational education and training (TVET) development in Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mongolia, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. It provides a critical analysis and assessment of the current state of skills development and TVET as well as reviews past and current policies, strategies, programmes and trends, and implications to the country’s socio-economic development and employment in these countries. Recommendations are made in identifying future skills and occupations needed given current and future employment levels.

  18. Ratify ILO Convention No. 151

    01 March 2016

    The LO/FTF Council is the Danish trade union council for international development cooperation and has been supporting the capacity building and advocacy for social dialogue in the public sector since 2003.

  19. Manual labour-based technology for rural road rehabilitation

    01 March 2016

    The purpose of this training manual is to provide technical management staff and contractors with appropriate guidelines for the effective management of rural road rehabilitation works using Labour-Based Technology.

  20. Trainer's guide labour-based technology for rural road rehabilitation

    01 March 2016

    The purpose of this training manual is to provide technical management staff and contractors with appropriate guidelines for the effective management of routine road maintenance works. These training guidelines for training of small scale contractors in Labour Based road construction have been developed to assist trainers in planning, organizing and implementing training program.

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