Articles

April 2005

  1. Global Employment Trends 2004-2005 Global Report: More jobs, but not enough growth

    01 April 2005

    Despite robust economic growth, the global employment situation improved only slightly in 2004, with employment increasing and unemployment down marginally. The ILO's annual Global Employment Trends says employment creation is still a major challenge for policy makers.

  2. Promoting ILO Conventions and Recommendations The cooperatives experience

    01 April 2005

    The adoption of new ILO Conventions and Recommendations by the annual International Labour Conference typically follows many months and years of preparatory work and debate. What happens then, however, is not the end of a process but rather the beginning. This background brief explains how the practical work of promoting ILO Conventions and Recommendations begins as a way of ensuring that the words are translated into action.

  3. AROUND THE CONTINENTS

    01 April 2005

    A regular review of the International Labour Organization and ILO-related activities and events taking place around the world.

  4. A tailor-made future for prosperity: Cambodia

    01 April 2005

    In the past few years, a great deal of progress has been made in improving the working conditions of textile factory workers in Cambodia. An ILO monitoring process has helped employers and workers create not only a safer working environment, but better working conditions. This article shows how this ILO project has lead to increases in productivity while boosting the credibility of the factories with international buyers.

  5. 7th European Regional Meeting In Europe and Central Asia, a newly expanded social agenda

    01 April 2005

    The European Region of the ILO is vast, spanning Europe and Central Asia from the Atlantic to the Pacific, as well as a diversity of cultures and societies. Despite this, the 50 member States of the European Region found common ground for "a common future of democracy, economic prosperity and social justice" at the 7th ILO European Regional Meeting held in Budapest from 14 to 18 February.

November 2004

  1. Youth unemployment at all time high

    01 November 2004

    Half the world's unemployed are under 24, according to a new ILO study that charts the skyrocketing of youth unemployment over the past decade. Global Employment Trends for Youth, 2004 ( Note 1) puts the global youth unemployment rate at 14.4 per cent in 2003, a 26.8 per cent increase in the total number of unemployed young people over the past decade. Although young people represent 25 per cent of the working age population, they make up as much as 47 per cent of the 186 million people out of work worldwide in 2003. Some 88 million young people, aged 15 to 24, are out of work.

  2. Mining out child labour in Santa Filomena

    01 November 2004

    They still mine for gold in Santa Filomena, a remote mining community far from Lima, Peru. But these days, they do it without the children. With the help of the ILO, this village of 1,500 inhabitants was able to declare itself child labour free this past June - providing a new sheen to the miners and their community.

  3. European Companies and Nordea "Societas Europeae": Ancient name, new concept

    01 November 2004

    After years of debate and discussion, the European Union's plan to allow multinational companies to incorporate as "European Companies" is about to become a reality. The statute, together with an accompanying directive covering worker involvement, was passed in October 2001, to come into force three years later. From October of this year, a brave new experiment in company governance will begin allowing companies to operate across the EU with one set of rules and a unified management and reporting system.

  4. Ten years after: A decade of progress for indigenous peoples

    01 November 2004

    The United Nations International Decade for the World's Indigenous People has focused new attention on the plight of these vulnerable peoples. Now, more than a decade after the adoption of the ILO Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989 (No. 169) - World of Work examines what progress has been made, and what problems still face these people in today's globalized world.

  5. First global analysis: HIV/AIDS to have major impact on world of work

    01 November 2004

    An estimated 36.5 million people of working age have HIV, and by next year the global labour force will have lost as many as 28 million workers due to AIDS since the start of the epidemic. So says a new global report ( Note 1) by the International Labour Office (ILO) that paints a grim picture of the impact of HIV/AIDS on the world of work.