February 2018

  1. World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2018

    The daily reality of working poverty

    14 February 2018

    Millions of people around the world work, but live in poverty. A recent ILO report shows that more needs to be done to reduce inequalities and improve conditions for the working poor, who face a harsh daily reality.

  2. Blog

    Three steps to end discrimination of migrant workers and improve their health

    14 February 2018

    When migrant workers leave their home, many encounter abuse and violence on their journey and discrimination once they arrive. This can be because of their status as migrants but also because of their ethnicity, sex, religion, and HIV status.

  3. © Carsten ten Brink 2018

    Child labour and forced labour

    ILO reports important progress on child labour and forced labour in Uzbek cotton fields

    13 February 2018

    Monitoring team finds strong political will from central government to end fundamental labour rights’ violations during the 2017 cotton harvest: Child labour is no longer an issue, while forced labour is being systematically addressed.

  4. UN Youth Forum

    Young people call for action on decent work, at UN youth forum

    07 February 2018

    The gathering of young people from all parts of the world at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum discussed the need for better investments in youth development.

  5. Forced labour

    Hundreds of Brazilian workers rescued at least twice from slavery in past 15 years

    06 February 2018

    The Digital Observatory of Slave Labour in Brazil, a joint project by the ILO and the Federal Labour Prosecution Office, has issued new data on slave labour in the country.

  6. Shipbuilding and repair

    ILO Meeting of Experts adopts a new Code of Practice to improve safety and health in shipbuilding and ship repair

    06 February 2018

    Some 1.9 million workers around the globe will benefit from a revised code of practice which takes account of dramatic changes in the industry by incorporating a systematic and preventative approach to safety and health management.

  7. International labour standards

    ILO publishes annual report on the application of standards

    06 February 2018

    The Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations, whose work constitutes the cornerstone of the ILO's supervisory system on international labour standards, has just published its annual report.

  8. © Nguyen Hung Vu 2018

    Gender and European Economic Policy

    Survey of European economists finds sizable gender gaps in opinions

    05 February 2018

    Male and female economists in Europe hold different views on core precepts and methods as well as policy, according to a study based on a survey of economists in EU countries. Two US academics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an ILO expert authored the report.

  9. Domestic work

    Convention No. 189 on domestic workers ratified by Brazil

    01 February 2018

    Brazil promotes decent work for an estimated 7 million domestic workers.

  10. © Asrian Mirza / ILO 2018

    Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC)

    ILO, UN Women and the OECD launch International Coalition to boost equal pay for women at work in Asia and the Pacific

    01 February 2018

    This strategic, multi-stakeholder partnership will assist UN Member States, in collaboration with employers’ and workers’ and other key stakeholders, in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which calls for equal pay for work of equal value and seeks gender equality and women’s empowerment.​