Video interviews

October 2013

  1. Renata Lemos: Research Linking Better Management Practices and Productivity

    24 October 2013

    Renata Lemos , researcher at the London School of Economics on Management, Productivity and Development, shares the results of recent research, which demonstrates the positive link between the adoption of better management practices in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and improved productivity.

  2. Anna Biondi: The value of worker participation in SME management

    24 October 2013

    Anna Biondi, Deputy Director of the ILO Bureau for Workers Activities (ACTRAV) underlines the need to create a cooperative environment in small and medium-sized enterprises, so that workers and managers can jointly bring about improved working conditions and develop policies addressing the needs of women in the work place.

  3. Michael Elkin: How small and medium-sized enterprises can boost competitiveness

    24 October 2013

    Michael Elkin, the global manager for the ILO Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises (SCORE) programme underlines the link between working conditions and productivity in small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), highlighting the dramatic improvements in competitiveness and working conditions experienced in one SME in Indonesia as a result of SCORE training.

  4. Hilary Steedman: Apprenticeships and productivity of small and medium-sized enterprises

    24 October 2013

    Hilary Steedman, a Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics talks about how apprenticeships can help small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) improve their productivity, and their importance for young employees, both women and men.

September 2013

  1. Support teachers! The key to our future is in their hands

    30 September 2013

    On World Teachers' Day, October 5, the ILO salutes teachers and commits to supporting their key role in building the citizens and societies of the future, says Guy Ryder, the ILO's Director-General.

  2. Checkpoint on the road to end child labour, says ILO's Chief

    23 September 2013

    The number of child labourers has declined dramatically from 215 million to 168 million. Despite this progress, the ILO warns that the goal of eliminating the worst forms of child labour may not be reached by 2016. ILO Director General Guy Ryder says The III Global Conference on Child Labour (Brasilia, October 8-10, 2013) is a vitally important moment to take stock of international progress on the Hague Roadmap to end child labour.

August 2013

  1. Protecting seafarer rights and promoting employment of women seafarers

    20 August 2013

    The Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 goes into force on 20 August 2013. Timely payment of wages, work/rest hours and training are key components of protecting seafarers' rights under the convention, says Captain Lee Chee Seong, Managing Director of Neptune Ship Management Services. He also sees the future of seafaring as including more women; women like Second Officer Milli and Second Officer Farhane who discuss their ambitions to become a ship's captain.

  2. Statement from ILO Director-General Guy Ryder on the coming into force of the Maritime Labour Convention

    20 August 2013

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder marks the coming into force of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006. This historic convention provides protection for the world's 1.5 million seafarers under a clear and consolidated set of international labour standards. (Closed captions available)

  3. Statement from ILO's Director of the Department of Labour Standards, Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, on the coming into force of the MLC 2006

    20 August 2013

    ILO's Director of the Department of Labour Standards, Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, makes a statement on the coming-into-force of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006. The MLC, 2006 was adopted by government, employer and worker representatives at a special ILO International Labour Conference in February 2006 and provides a clear and comprehensive set of international standards for the shipping sector, the world's first genuinely global industry. (Closed captions available)

June 2013

  1. Discussion on Social Dialogue

    19 June 2013

    As the subject of the recurrent discussion at the 102nd International Labour Conference, delegates talked about the role social dialogue plays in addressing the economic downturn, ensuring a job-rich recovery and alleviating social tension.