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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.

July 2012

  1. Cambodia's Employment Injury Insurance Fund

    25 July 2012

    Cambodian workers who are injured at work or in transit to their workplace now benefit from a government-run system of insurance thanks to an ILO/Korea Partnership project. The National Social Security Fund is a worker compensation scheme that is self-sufficient and overseen by the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training. When a claim is approved, the fund provides in-kind and cash benefits regardless of whether the individual is able to return to full-time employment.

  2. Uruguay takes the lead to protect domestic workers

    24 July 2012

    Providing protection for the world's millions of domestic workers has taken a major step forward. In April 2012, Uruguay became the first country to ratify ILO Convention 189, the landmark treaty guaranteeing domestic workers get the same core labour protections as other workers. Uruguay has long been a leader in protecting the rights of domestic workers, but ratifying the convention demanded a unique approach; a group of Uruguayan housewives were called on to represent the employers of domestic workers at the bargaining table.

  3. The Job Crisis in the Eurozone

    11 July 2012

    Austerity policies designed to cut debt in the Eurozone are resulting in a steady rise in unemployment, prolonging and deepening the crisis in the single currency area, according to a report from the ILO, "Eurozone job crisis: trends and policies responses". Unemployment in the Eurozone could reach almost 22 million over the next four years, unless appropriate measures are taken to boost growth and promote job creation.

  4. A green initiative brightens Bangladesh

    02 July 2012

    70% of all families living in Bangladesh’s countryside are not connected to the national electricity grid; the power lines either haven’t reached their villages or the cost of connection is too high for them. But now, with help from the ILO and Australia, and encouraged by the central government some villagers can get low cost solar power as an alternative energy source. And new skills are required to bring solar power to Bangladesh’s villages, which is creating the demand for “green jobs” to get the job done.

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