26 June 2014
The earthquake that hit Haiti on 12 January 2010 devastated entire communities leaving over a million homeless. The 16/6 project in Haiti aims to rebuild 16 neighbourhoods and re-house displaced people living in six camps set up after the disaster. Training people in earthquake-resistant construction has been a key part of the joint government-led project, which has brought together the International Labour Organization and other international organizations. The same approach is now being replicated in the Champs-de-Mars square in the centre of Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital.
12 June 2014
It's estimated that at least 130 million people in Latin America are working "informally" - without job security, social protection, health insurance or a contract that spells out their working conditions, hours and wages. With informal economy as one of the topics of discussion at the 103rd International Labour Conference, ILO TV reports from one of Mexico's prime tourist destinations, where things are beginning to change.
12 June 2014
12 June is World Day Against Child Labour... when people in every country speak out for the 168 million children trapped in child labour around the world. This year, the 2014 FIFA Football World Cup begins on the same day. This a great opportunity to send a strong message that child labour is wrong and must end. The ILO's "Red Card to Child Labour" campaign inspired some of the world's top musicians to do exactly that.
29 May 2014
With labour migration as one of the topics of discussion at the 103rd International Labour Conference, ILO TV reports on the situation of migrant workers in Jordan, where the majority of them have low-skilled and low productivity jobs. Despite recent, significant strides made by the Jordanian government to clamp down on exploitation at the workplace, more needs to be done to enhance the rights of migrant workers - not just in Jordan but worldwide.
24 April 2014
Ruma Akter is one of Bangladesh's approximately four million garment workers. She is a working mother with a young son, and she is the leader of one of Bangladesh's newly-registered trade unions. Spurred on by the stream of horrific incidents happening in garment factories around her, and inspired by television talk shows watched in small tea stands, she started gathering workers together last year. It has taken about six months, but the Welltex Sromik (Workers) Union is now formally registered and has almost 500 members - and the changes in the factory are visible to everyone.
23 April 2014
One year after the global garment industry's worst-ever industrial accident, the International Labour Organization together with the government of Bangladesh, employers, trade unions and the international community are working together to make sure it never happens again. More than 1,100 people died and more than 2,500 were injured when the Rana Plaza building collapsed in 2013. It was a wake up call heard around the world, and significant steps are being taken to address the root causes of the Rana Plaza disaster to ensure Bangladesh's garment industry can provide jobs in a safe working environment for its employees.
15 April 2014
In response to the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan, the ILO has identified child labour as a priority issue. Already, the Jordanian Government says that child labour has doubled nationwide - to 60,000 - since the refugee influx began in 2011.
07 April 2014
ILO News visits the crew of the B Ladybug, who have been stranded off the coast of Malta for almost a year after their ship owner went bankrupt. The provision of financial security for abandoned seafarers and the issue of compensation are two key topics under discussion this week at the ILO.
19 March 2014
Once a symbol of misfortune, the debris created by Haiti's earthquake on 12 January 2010 is now a symbol of hope. Haitian entrepreneurs, with ILO training, are recycling the debris and using it to rebuild their neighbourhoods. In fragile states that are emerging from conflicts and natural disasters, the ILO works to create employment and supports paths towards greater resilience. A high-level panel on decent work in fragile states will take place at the ILO's headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on 20 March 2014.
29 January 2014
The changing climate is changing the job market. Around the world, many cities are recognizing that the growing demand for environmentally friendly, energy saving technologies and construction methods is leading to higher demand for "green jobs." The city of Malmö, in Sweden has put the idea into practice, using green jobs to create a new, ecologically sustainable approach to development.