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.
20 January 2014
The global economy is showing tentative signs of recovery, but it's a far different picture when it comes to jobs. ILO economists say job creation will remain weak and long-term unemployment will become entrenched unless active labour market policies are put in place to promote a job-rich economic recovery.
25 November 2013
As victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan struggle to pick up the pieces, the ILO is working hand-in-hand with Philippine authorities to help the most vulnerable regain their livelihoods and build back better.
15 August 2013
The ILO's Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, which comes into effect as international law on August 20, 2013 does not just cover the crews of merchant ships but also anyone working on cruise ships, from machine operators to hotel staff. (Closed captions available)
15 August 2013
The ILO's Maritime Labour Convention, which enters into force worldwide August 20, 2013, provides for the first time comprehensive protection at work for seafarers, while also promoting conditions of fair competition for shipowners. (Closed captions available)
09 August 2013
In the ongoing global jobs crisis, many of Europe’s most educated young people are learning a bitter lesson; for highly educated young people, it’s becoming very hard to find a job which matches the skills acquired at university. It’s a particular problem in Portugal, where nearly 2 in 5 young people are unemployed. Now, many of Portugal’s best and brightest are looking for opportunities abroad, leaving their country. (Closed captions available)
12 June 2013
Millions of children around the world, mainly girls, are working in households other than their own, doing domestic work such as cleaning, ironing, cooking and looking after other children and the elderly. According to a new report on domestic work from the International Labour Organization, it's estimated at least two-thirds of these children are working under the legal minimum wage, or in conditions that are hazardous. Often, the working relationship between the child and their employer is ambiguous at best, exploitative at worst. But solutions are possible, even in a place where using children as domestic workers is a long tradition.
12 June 2013
In Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world, half the population lives under the poverty line, and it's estimated one and a half million children are in child labour. But according to the International Labour Organization, a new, community based approach to tackling the child labour problem is showing promise to eradicate it in areas where child labour has long been a part of daily life.
08 May 2013
Recovery in Europe is being hampered by the fact that many of the workers who lost their jobs to the crisis do not have the skills that the labour market now demands. Vocational training programmes help keep youth connected to the labour market by ensuring they have the skills that companies are looking for.