16 June 2011
According to the ILO, many countries still don’t recognize domestic work as “work”, denying millions of people labour and social protection under the law. But that’s changing in the United States, thanks to a dedicated group of women.
10 June 2011
Around 115 million boys and girls under the age of 18 are involved in hazardous child labour. Making a change is possible. In India both employers and trade unions are actively involved in the fight against child labour, especially when it comes to keeping children out of hazardous work.
02 June 2011
There’s a new spirit of cooperation between South Africa’s employers and the Department of Labour. It’s a result of ongoing reforms in South Africa’s Labour Inspection process, including good practices promoted by the ILO.
02 June 2011
In Namibia the government has found an innovative way to deliver its universal pension scheme to elderly people living in remote rural areas: a public private partnership that has seen pension money distributed using vehicles equipped with cash machines and a biometric recognition system. Nearly all elderly people over the age of 60 are now able to access their pension payment; money which is going a long way to alleviate poverty in Namibia.
16 May 2011
In Germany and other countries across Europe, companies are signing "Diversity Charters" to show their commitment to promote open-minded, inclusive work environments. For engineer Ljiljana Stamenkovic born in former Yugoslavia, this has meant new opportunities to work and help other women like her, at a women's computer centre in Berlin. According to the ILO's Global Report on Discrimination, migrant workers like Ljiljana are at a higher risk for discrimination when competing for jobs especially in times of economic and social crisis.
07 March 2011
As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, we also remember the women who lost their lives in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York in 1911. One hundred years on, despite some progress there is still much to be done to achieve gender equality in the world of work.
24 January 2011
With global unemployment at record highs for the third straight year since the start of the economic crisis, the International Labour Office (ILO) warned in its annual employment trends survey: 'Global Employment Trends 2011: The challenge of a jobs recovery', that weak recovery in jobs is likely to continue in 2011, especially in developed economies.
31 December 2010
Serbia was hit hard by the global economic crisis, particularly its young people, who are living a “crisis within the crisis”. Often what they learned in school doesn’t match what employers are looking for, making it hard for them to find work. It’s worse for young people who didn’t do well in school, or dropped out. But in Serbia, the government, trade unions and employers, working together, have designed new policy interventions to give young people, especially those with low levels of education, a chance to find a decent job and keep it.
15 December 2010
The global economic crisis has cut wage growth worldwide in half. That’s one conclusion of the ILO’s Global Wage Report. When people have less to spend, businesses suffer, and they in turn have to look at ways to cut costs, wages, and even jobs. But in Germany’s tightly run manufacturing sector, employees and employers worked together with the government to protect jobs and maintain wage levels during the darkest days of the crisis.
01 December 2010
It’s tough to be an entrepreneur; it’s a lot tougher when you’re a woman from a low income background, running a small scale enterprise across international borders. But in Malawi the challenges for pioneering women entrepreneurs also include the risk of HIV infection. That’s why a local business association is welcoming a new initiative to educate entrepreneurs how to protect themselves. And the classroom is an unconventional one; on board the bus to buy goods across the border in Tanzania.