03 May 2013
In India's Tamil Nadu state, thousands of people desperate for money are offered advance payments to work in the region's many brick kilns. While this system has worked well enough in the past for both employers and workers, many workers run the risk of "debt bondage" because they cannot leave the worksite until they repay the advance in full. But the situation is changing now, by ILO working with government and employers, and showing workers how they can take more control of their own lives.
28 April 2013
An estimate of 200,000 workers are at risk of developing pneumoconiosis in Thailand. ILO’s Senior Specialist in Occupational Safety and Health, Dr. Igor Fedotov says, “It would not be an exaggeration to say that millions are at risk around the world” and these cases are often being unreported. With the help of the ILO, however, the Thai Ministry of Health has increased the number of skilled doctors to treat and support workers diagnosed with the lung disease, making Thailand a leader among developing economies.
09 April 2013
Unemployment in Europe has reached historic levels and there is growing concern that the jobs crisis is so deep it will have a profound impact on the region's ability to recover.
25 January 2013
When Typhoon Bopha blew through the southern Philippines, its winds blew away the livelihoods of thousands of families who farmed the thick coconut groves around their homes. While it will take nearly a decade before the trees can be harvested again, the ILO is bringing immediate emergency employment to the victims of the storm.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.