01 June 2015
ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, was joined by delegates to the International Labour Conference, in signing a signature panel symbolizing support for the 50 for Freedom campaign to end modern slavery. The campaign has the goal of encouraging 50 member States to ratify, by 2018, the Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention. (Closed Captions available)
13 April 2015
An estimated 21 million people are in forced labour and generate around USD 150 billion of illicit profits every year, according to Beate Andrees, head of the ILO's Special Action Programme to Combat Forced Labour. In her interview on Al Jazeera's "Counting the Cost", Andrees said more needs to be done to address the root causes of forced labour and human trafficking through greater political commitment and social movements.
26 January 2015
Very few of the estimated 53 million domestic workers worldwide are covered by labour laws. In 2011, the ILO's Member States adopted the Domestic Workers' Convention (N°189) to protect their rights, promote equality of opportunity and treatment, and improve working and living conditions. So far, 17 countries have ratified this convention. Let's keep the momentum!
24 November 2014
Presentation made at the occasion of webinar on the "Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value - How do We Get There?", 29 March 2011.
17 October 2014
The new legally-binding ILO Protocol on Forced Labour aims to strengthen global efforts towards combating forced labour, trafficking and slavery-like practices. Governments now have the opportunity to ratify the Protocol and integrate new measures at the national and regional levels to combat this crime.
06 August 2014
It is estimated that indigenous peoples constitute some 370 million individuals, representing more than 5,000 distinct peoples living in more than 70 countries. Throughout history, lack of respect for these cultures has led to conflict in far too many cases around the world. The ILO has been working to improve the conditions of indigenous and tribal peoples since the 1920s. Despite progress, the path to an inclusive and fair society is far from over.
12 June 2014
The annual International Labour Conference has ended Thursday. In his closing remarks Director General Guy Ryder pointed to the successful adoption of the forced labour protocol as a notable achievement.
11 June 2014
A new legally binding Protocol aimed at strengthening global efforts to combat forced labour was largely adopted by government, employer and worker delegates to the International Labour Conference (ILC). "This is truly a historic moment because delegates in this room have now modernized effectively Convention 29, which was adopted 84 years ago. We have much stronger measures now to protect the victims and to prevent Forced Labour", said Beate Andrees, Head of the ILO Special Action Programme to Combat Forced Labour.
11 June 2014
The International Labour Conference has voted 437 to 8 to adopt a new protocol on forced labour. Delegates have hailed the move as a major step in the fight against contemporary forms of forced labour.
06 June 2014
One of the key questions before the International Labour Conference (ILC) this year is how to reform the Forced Labour Convention. Originally adopted in 1930, Convention 29 is widely considered by delegates to be in need of change to help the millions of people affected by forced labour globally.