All ILO Newsroom content

March 2004

  1. Publication

    Waiting in Correntes: Forced labour in Brazil

    01 March 2004

    In a small, dusty town in Brazil's Piaui State, the "escravos", or modern-day slaves, of Correntes are on the fault lines of forced labour. In this report, the ILO shows how they become ensnared in a trap of debt and coercion - as well as what the ILO, in collaboration with the Government of Brazil, is doing about their plight.

  2. Publication

    Asbestos in the workplace: a difficult legacy

    01 March 2004

    Once used nearly universally for its fire-retardant qualities, asbestos - and the illnesses it causes - has become a major issue for the industries which used and produced it as well as individuals who contracted various diseases and cancers as a result of exposure in the workplace. Journalist Andrew Bibby examines the state of asbestos litigation today, and how workers and employers are facing up to the problem.

February 2004

  1. Article

    Jobs after war – Building sustainable peace

    23 February 2004

  2. Article

    Economic insecurity drags on in Ukraine: ILO survey shows millions in distress

    18 February 2004

  3. Article

    Making work a safer place

    11 February 2004

    Money talks, but does it think? Merging thoughtful workplace practices and the bottom-line is one of the goals of the Global Compact launched in 2000 by the United Nations. The Compact seeks to meet the challenges of globalization and create a more stable and inclusive world economy by embedding UN values in private sector strategies. Now, the ILO Safe Work Programme has joined the Compact to help promote a new health and safety culture at work. German journalist Anne Sieger reports.

  4. Article

    New ILO report: Despite rising unemployment, cause for cautious optimism

    11 February 2004

    The 2004 Global Employment Trends report, released today by the ILO, paints a grim picture of rising global unemployment. But the annual jobs report sees signs of recovery. Here are questions and answers on the global employment picture, how this affects different people, and what solutions exist for employment generation.

  5. Article

    Eliminating child labour: The costs and benefits

    06 February 2004

    A just-released study by the ILO International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC), "Investing in Every Child: An Economic Study of the Costs and Benefits of Eliminating Child Labour", argues that the benefits of eliminating child labour will far outweigh the costs. Peter Dorman, the author of the report, explains the costs and benefits of eliminating child labour and how the proposal may be applied.

  6. Video

    CROATIA: PLAYING TO LOCAL STRENGTHS

    03 February 2004

    While countries struggle to come to terms with globalization, there’s a need for development strategies to help boost the economy and create jobs. As ILO TV now reports from Croatia, there’s a growing consensus that traditional, top-down development policies have failed to deliver, and there’s increasing interest in local economic development.

January 2004

  1. Video

    HERO SUPERMARKET/INDONESIA

    26 January 2004

    Indonesia recently held its first direct presidential elections, but having a say in their own future extends to the workplace as well.

  2. Article

    Unemployment - an enormous challenge for Latin America and the Caribbean

    13 January 2004

    A new ILO report paints a grim picture of unemployment in Latin America and the Caribbean. With 19 million jobless workers in Latin America's cities and unemployment hovering at above 10 per cent, the ILO says any recovery will require strong measures - including a reorientation of economic priorities and a more equitable globalization process.