ILO Deputy Director-General for Field Operations and Partnerships Gilbert Houngbo is in Bangladesh this week to mark the one-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse, which killed over 1,100 garment workers. ILO News spoke to him about the key challenges facing employers, unions, the government and the international community in the months and years ahead.
Early childhood education plays a critical role in the lives of many families. It helps parents to continue working while equipping children with essential learning tools. But early childhood educators too often lack decent working conditions with longer hours, less pay and fewer benefits than other teachers.
In response to the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan, the ILO has identified child labour as a priority issue. Already, the Jordanian Government says that child labour has doubled nationwide – to 60,000 – since the refugee influx began in 2011.
In a statement delivered to the 2014 Spring meetings of the IMF and the World Bank, the ILO Director-General warns of rising global unemployment and calls for measures to boost household purchasing power.