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May 2003

  1. Article

    ILO: Workplace discrimination, a picture of hope and concern

    23 May 2003

    A new ILO report on discrimination at work - the most comprehensive to date - says workplace discrimination remains a persistent global problem, with new, more subtle forms emerging. While significant progress in combatting inequalities at the workplace is cause for hope, the report says new forms of discrimination are cause for growing concern.

  2. Article

    ILO concern: the unbearable fate of child soldiers

    23 May 2003

    Among the voiceless victims of the worst forms of child labour are child soldiers - or children who fight - for whatever reason - or provide various forms of support in conflicts. Many of these children face not only the dangers of combat, but suffer physical abuse or rape at the hands of their fellow combatants. A recent conference organized by the US Department of Labor (USDOL) in Washington highlighted the plight of child soldiers, and announced a $13 million programme to rehabilitate them - including $7 million to develop comprehensive strategies with the ILO.

  3. Article

    Employment in the utilities sector continues to decline

    23 May 2003

    Mergers and acquisitions in the water, electricity and gas services have resulted in a continuous employment decline in most countries since 1985, according to a new report by the International Labour Office (ILO) to be discussed at a "Tripartite Meeting on Challenges and Opportunities Facing Public Utilities" here on 19-23 May 2003.

  4. Press release

    ILO, Myanmar agree on facilitator to help end forced labour

    14 May 2003

    The Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Juan Somavia, today welcomed a formal understanding negotiated between the ILO and the Union of Myanmar for the establishment of a facilitator to assist possible victims of forced labour in Myanmar.

  5. Press release

    ILO sees further tourism job losses due to travel woes

    14 May 2003

    Reduced travel due to new concerns over the disease SARS, combined with the ongoing economic downturn, may cut another 5 million jobs in the battered world tourism sector this year, bringing to 11.5 million the total number of jobs lost in the sector since late 2001, according to a new analysis (see note 1) by the International Labour Office (ILO).

  6. Press release

    ILO launches first global report on discrimination at work

    12 May 2003

    Says workplace discrimination remains a persistent global problem, with new, more subtle forms emerging.

April 2003

  1. Press release

    International events to mark World Day for Safety and Health at Work

    24 April 2003

    GENEVA (ILO news) - Tens of thousands of workers and employers from Lima to London and Bangkok to Sao Paulo will mark the World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28 April, drawing attention to work-related accidents and illnesses which annually take some 2 million lives and cost the global economy an estimated $1,250,000 million US dollars ($1.25 trillion), according to the International Labour Office (ILO).

  2. Press release

    ILO Director-General to attend 26 th Session of the Labour and Social Affairs Commission of the African Union in Mauritius

    11 April 2003

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The Director-General of the International Labour Office (ILO), Juan Somavia, begins a four-day official visit to Mauritius on 12 April where he is expected to attend the 26 th Session of the Labour and Social Affairs Commission of the African Union.

  3. Press release

    ILO mourns death in Beijing of senior official

    07 April 2003

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) today issued the following statement regarding the death in Beijing on Sunday of Pekka Aro, a senior ILO official:

March 2003

  1. Press release

    Latest report of ILO Committee on Freedom of Associationcites Belarus, China, Colombia, Venezuela, others

    28 March 2003

    GENEVA (ILO News) - Belarus, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, Guatemala and Venezuela are among the urgent cases cited today by the ILO Committee on Freedom of Association, whose report was adopted by the 286 th meeting of the ILO Governing Body, for infringements of the principle of freedom of association and violations of trade union rights.