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  1. Questions and Answers on the Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers

    21 June 2011

    The landmark treaty setting standards for the treatment of domestic workers that was adopted at the International Labour Conference in Geneva has been widely hailed as a milestone. The Convention and accompanying Recommendation on decent work for domestic workers aim at protecting and improving the working and living conditions of domestic workers worldwide - estimated to number anywhere between 53 million and 100 million. ILO Online spoke to Manuela Tomei, Director of the ILO’s Conditions of Work and Employment Programme.

  2. BRICS countries lead the way in social security extension

    15 June 2011

    High-level representatives of five emerging countries that represent 40 percent of the world’s population and nearly 30 percent of its surface area told delegates at the annual ILO conference that the extension of social security is an essential investment in sustainable social and economic development and one that is affordable where there is the necessary political will.

  3. HIV/AIDS training in Russia: “To know means to live”

    14 June 2011

    The 100th Session of the International Labour Conference also marks one year since the adoption of ILO Recommendation No. 200 – the first international human rights instrument to focus specifically on the issue of HIV/AIDS in the world of work. The Recommendation aims to strengthen the contribution of the world of work to universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support and contains provisions on potentially life-saving prevention programmes for all groups of workers, including young workers and persons in training. This story is about "Your Health" – an innovative training course for vocational schools in Russia.

  4. ILO unveils book calling for new thinking on labour issues

    09 June 2011

    The ILO and the Global Labour University have unveiled a new anthology of global labour writing that calls for fresh thinking on key issues ranging from responses to the global economic crisis to globalization, and workers’ rights. The book - entitled “There is an alternative Economic policies and labour strategies beyond the mainstream” will be launched at the International Labour Conference in Geneva.

  5. Discussions on social security for all get under way

    07 June 2011

    The 100th International Labour Conference has started discussions on ways to establish social security for all as a powerful and affordable tool to promote economic growth, reduce poverty and mitigate the impact of crises. Yet, only about 20 percent of the world’s working age population has access to comprehensive social security systems, according to a new conference report, entitled “Social Security for Social Justice and a fair Globalization”.

  6. Social security for social justice and a fair globalization: Questions and answers

    03 June 2011

    Over the past several years, the ILO has adopted a number of measures designed to promote social security coverage for the vast majority of the world’s workers who currently lack coverage. Yet, in a world marked by rapidly spreading financial and economic fluctuations, the capacity of individuals to cope alone with economic risks is even more limited than before. It is in this context that the 100th Session of the ILC in June 2011 will discuss the strategic objective of social protection and specifically focus on social security.

  7. Labour administration and inspection key to good global governance

    31 May 2011

    The importance of strong and effective labour administration and labour inspection systems in the context of economic and social development is recognised in the Constitution of the ILO, the Declaration of Philadelphia and the ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization. The same principles have been further developed by numerous ILO Conventions, Recommendations and other instruments. ILO Online spoke with Giuseppe Casale, Director of the ILO’s Labour Administration and Inspection Programme (LAB/ADMIN).

  8. Recognition for India’s invisible workers

    30 May 2011

    Domestic workers play an important role in the economy and they allow others to go out and earn money. Yet they remain invisible, unprotected and their contribution is often not recognized. At the forthcoming International Labour Conference (in Geneva, 1-17 June) the ILO and its members will debate drafts that could lead to the first international instruments specifically designed to protect domestic workers. By Neelam Agnihotri, Communication & Information Officer, ILO Country Office for India

  9. Combating pay discrimination: The example of Jordan

    18 May 2011

    According to the ILO’s global report on discrimination “Equality at work: The continuing challenge”, significant progress has been made in recent decades in advancing gender equality in the world of work. However, the gender pay gap still exists, with women’s wages representing between 70-90 per cent of wages earned by their male counterparts. Jordan has a longstanding commitment to the achievement of pay equity for women and men at work. The country has ratified several international conventions which assert the right to equal pay for equal value of work. Yet, in reality, the measures which ensure equality of pay are often not applied. ILO Online spoke with Asma Khader, Secretary-General of the Jordanian National Commission for Women (JNCW).

  10. “Working in Russia”: a step towards decent work for migrant workers

    16 May 2011

    According to the 2011 ILO Global Report on Discrimination, migrant workers encounter discrimination on a daily basis. While many of them are already at risk of all kinds of abuse, they also became the first victims of the financial and economic crisis, the report says. ILO Online reports from the Russian Federation which has been the biggest receiving, sending and transit country for migrant workers in Eastern Europe and Central Asia since the early 1990s.