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December 2012

  1. Reversal of gains in women's employment

    11 December 2012

    Women are still more likely to be unemployed than men around the world. That's one of the conclusions of the ILO's Global Employment Trends for Women 2012. And the report also found that, while the numbers vary from region to region, the steady progress being made by women in the workplace slowed, stopped or reversed as a result of the global economic crisis.

  2. The broken link: Wages & productivity

    07 December 2012

    Productivity is growing worldwide but wages are not keeping pace. That’s one of the conclusions of the Global Wage Report by the International Labour Organization. The report also confirms a continuing trend: employees in developing and emerging economies are earning more than they were before the global economic crisis began while workers in richer, developed countries are seeing their pay stagnate or even decline.

November 2012

  1. Breaking barriers: Letting people with disabilities into the labour market (Short version)

    27 November 2012

    Lingering stereotypes and perceptions often means people with disabilities have little chance of finding a job, no matter what their skills may be. But there is a new ILO Finnish-funded project in Armenia called “From Crisis towards Decent and Safe Jobs” that is breaking down the barriers keeping people with disabilities out of the workforce.

September 2012

  1. Labour rights recognized for Filipino domestic workers

    05 September 2012

    The Philippines' ratification of ILO Convention 189 officially extends basic labour rights to domestic workers and will bring the convention into force within the year. But what does passing this landmark legislation actually change in the life of a maid working in the Philippines?

August 2012

  1. Monitoring Climate Change in the Philippines

    31 August 2012

    In the southern Philippines, the lives of farmers and the weather have always been intimately connected. But now, the effects of climate change are making farmers’ livelihoods even more vulnerable. By monitoring severe weather, a project implemented by the International Labour Organization is helping protect farmers from the worst effects of climate change, and insuring those most at risk.

  2. Taking Decent Work on Board

    21 August 2012

    When the ILO adopted the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) in February 2006, Director-General Juan Somavia called it "making labour history" for seafarers around the world.The MLC, 2006, will come into force 12 months after ratification by 30 ILO member States, representing a total share of at least 33 percent of the world's gross tonnage (gt) of ships. The Convention promotes a strong enforcement regime to ensure that labour standards are enforced as effectively as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) conventions on ship safety, security and environmental protection (SOLAS/MARPOL) by both flag and port States.

  3. To be young and profitable in Peru

    10 August 2012

    There are nearly 450,000 young people without jobs in Peru. They represent more than two thirds of the country's unemployed and of the 5 million young people who do have work, many are in "precarious" conditions, without social benefits or job security. So instead of looking for a job, many young Peruvians prefer to looking toward themselves and starting their own businesses.

  4. Return to Chitwan: The Bote people in Nepal

    08 August 2012

    Throughout the world, the traditional lifestyles of indigenous people are threatened by changing times, economic development and poverty. In Nepal, one group of tribal people barred from their traditional hunting grounds for nearly 40 years may yet see the old way of life return, thanks to a new law protecting their rights.

  5. Transitioning to Green Jobs in Sri Lanka

    03 August 2012

    “Green jobs” can be created in the most fundamental of workplaces, and the result can benefit traditional industries. That’s what is happening in Sri Lanka, where former “waste pickers” at Sri Lanka’s garbage dumps were given new skills to work more efficiently and protect their health, and that is benefitting one of the island’s iconic industries.

  6. Making Labour Migration Safer for Laotian Workers

    01 August 2012

    Many people dream of a better life in a foreign country, but without job skills and good connections the risk of exploitation is high. There’s a new initiative by the Laotian government to give people who want to try for a better life abroad the chance to make it work safely and legally.

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