ILO in the media

2014

  1. Al Jazeera English

    Labour migration: A key challenge

    09 December 2014

    With hundreds of thousands of migrants risking sea journeys to find a better life elsewhere, Al Jazeera interviews Michelle Leighton, Chief of the ILO's International Migration Branch. We need to focus on creating decent work opportunities in countries of origin, Leighton says. Governments too have to consider regular channels of migration, and look at their labour markets and ensure that workers and employers are part of the dialogue in solving the problem.

  2. BBC World Business Report

    When did you last get a pay rise?

    05 December 2014

    Wage growth around the world has slowed down and it is workers in the developed world who are the worst off, reports the BBC. Senior ILO Economist, Patrick Belser, and author of the ILO's Global Wage Report 2014-2015, describes a situation of stagnating wages in advanced economies and fast growing wages in emerging economies, so that the difference in wages in rich countries and those in poor countries is progressively narrowing.

  3. CNN International, The Business View

    ILO warns on global stagnant wages

    05 December 2014

    Wages haven't grown in line with labour productivity growth, says Senior ILO Economist, Patrick Belser, in an interview with Nina dos Santos at CNN. By now we should be hoping for a recovery which is driven more by household consumption based on wage increases rather than on debt, he says.

  4. BBC Business Asia

    Rise in Asia's wages outpaces rest of the world

    05 December 2014

    The Asia Pacific region has outperformed the rest of the world when it comes to wage growth, according to the ILO's Global Wage Report 2014-2015. Annual average incomes rose six per cent in the region, compared to a global average growth of two per cent in 2013. Malte Luebker, the ILO's Senior Regional Wage Specialist for Asia discusses wages across the region with the BBC.

  5. CNBC Squawk Box

    Average real wage growth remains flat in developed economies, says ILO report

    05 December 2014

    Labour productivity has increased, yet wages have been flat in many countries, says ILO Senior Economist, Patrick Belser, in an interview with CNBC. By contrast, wages have only been growing in emerging economies, bringing the difference in average wage between emerging and developed economies smaller over time, concluded Belser.

  6. CNN's "Quest Means Business"

    Get jobs back to centre of agenda, says ILO chief

    22 September 2014

    Governments should put jobs at the centre of the policy agenda, said the ILO's Director-General Guy Ryder in an interview with CNN's Richard Quest. This includes putting in place active labour market policies, getting investment moving again, focusing on education, and finding greater consensus to tackle workplace disputes that affect jobs. The Director-General is attending the UN General Assembly and participating in several high level events about climate change, indigenous peoples and an ILO-Ford Foundation event on employment and Decent Work.

  7. Beyond Markets, CNBC Africa

    Fostering dialogue for job-rich growth and social progress in Africa

    22 August 2014

    In an interview with CNBC Africa, Aeneas Chuma, ILO's Regional Director for Africa, emphasises the need to foster cooperation between governments, employers', workers' organizations in bringing economic progress and social transformation. Mr. Chuma highlights the priorities and role of the organization in setting labour standards, developing policies and devising programmes to make a difference in the lives of African people.

  8. HuffPost Live

    Taking a stand against child labour

    31 July 2014

    There are 168 million children worldwide working in child labour, and more than half of them are doing work that puts their health, safety or even their lives at risk. The International Labour Organization had the opportunity to show what it takes to tackle this important cause during a recent HuffPost Live interview with Corinne Vargha, Chief of the ILO Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch, musician Mike Einziger, and former child labourer Esther Mohanja Sichani.

  9. CNN's "Quest Means Business"

    Inequality a drag on economic growth

    07 July 2014

    ILO's Director-General Guy Ryder discussed income inequality with CNN's Richard Quest, noting how the share of national income that goes to workers globally has gone down by 20 percentage points aggravated by tax policies that lead to less well off people paying more. Ryder praised those governments who are introducing minimum wages and called for businesses to raise salaries in order to keep business alive.

  10. BBC News

    Forced labour has no place in our society, says ILO

    20 May 2014

    Forced labour in the private economy generates US$ 150 billion in illegal profits per year, according to a new ILO report. To stop forced labour, there needs to be a "combination of very efficient prevention measures and very effective protection measures for victims, and also getting those that are using forced labour to pay and compensate the victims," says Corinne Vargha, Chief of the ILO Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch, in an interview with the BBC.