Pact News

February 2010

  1. Australia, the “lucky country”

    23 February 2010

    Anti-crisis measures and a concerted action to boost the disposable incomes of working families and welfare recipients spark recovery in Australia

  2. The ILO Jobs Pact helps Botswana boost business through small and medium enterprises

    17 February 2010

    Supporting small and medium enterprises pays off in Botswana

  3. Shaping recovery strategies in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Turkey

    10 February 2010

    Almaty UN Ministerial Conference looks for successful strategies to mitigate the social impact of the global economic downturn in this hard-hit region

  4. Decent work approach to recovery urged by Pacific Island labour ministers and social partners

    09 February 2010

    Pacific Island Labour Ministers and social partners have reached an agreement to support a jobs-led recovery by promoting decent work in the Pacific region by adopting the Port Vila Statement on Decent Work and its accompanying ‘Pacific Action Plan for Decent Work’.

  5. World business leaders call for a jobs-led recovery in Davos

    08 February 2010

    ILO Director-General Juan Somavia welcomed a statement adopted by the International Business Council.

January 2010

  1. ILO Director-General welcomes Business Leaders’ Declaration on International Trade and Economic Recovery at Davos

    29 January 2010

    ILO Director-General Juan Somavia welcomed a statement adopted by the International Business Council (IBC) of the World Economic Forum in Davos. The Business Leaders’ Declaration on International Trade and Economic Recovery urges heads of government to follow through on commitments made at recent high-level meetings, including the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh and support the need for 'a concerted effort to put decent jobs at the heart of the recovery'.

  2. Unemployment reached highest level on record in 2009: Somavia calls for the same policy decisiveness that saved banks to save and create jobs

    26 January 2010

    The number of jobless worldwide reached nearly 212 million in 2009 following an unprecedented increase of 34 million compared to 2007, on the eve of the global crisis, the International Labour Office (ILO) said in its annual "Global Employment Trends" report.

December 2009

  1. ILO warns “early exit” from stimulus measures could prolong jobs crisis

    07 December 2009

    An “early exit” from support measures adopted in response to the global economic crisis could postpone a jobs recovery for years and render the fledgling economic upturn “fragile and incomplete”, a new report by the research arm of the International Labour Organization (ILO) says.

  2. First African Decent Work Symposium hears calls to invest in employment and sustainable enterprises

    01 December 2009

    The First African Decent Work Symposium “Recovering from the crisis: the implementation of the Global Jobs Pact in Africa” opened in Ouagadougou on 1 December with three heads of state and ministers of labour and finance and representatives of employers’ and workers’ organizations from more than 45 African countries.

November 2009

  1. ILO Director-General says HIV/AIDS programmes crucial in crisis response

    30 November 2009

    The ILO’s Global Jobs Pact adopted earlier this year to address the global economic and jobs crisis, can play a crucial role in an effective workplace response to the impact of the crisis on people living with HIV/AIDS, ILO Director-General Juan Somavia said in a statement issued for World AIDS Day on 1 December.

  2. ILO Governing Body calls for comprehensive crisis response, long-term sustainable development based on Global Jobs Pact

    20 November 2009

    The Governing Body of the International Labour Office called for an “employment oriented” response to the global economic crisis based on policy measures set out in the ILO’s Global Jobs Pact. “A more balanced economic growth pattern must not lose sight of the need to urgently address large-scale unemployment, underemployment and rising income inequality. These issues deserve the same high level political priority that has been given to the rescue of financial institutions” said Governing Body members.

  3. Brazil’s Foreign Minister calls for a job-intensive economic recovery

    17 November 2009

    Brazil’s Foreign Minister Celso Amorim said a new global governance was needed to protect the most vulnerable members of society from the adverse effects of the global economic crisis and called on the International Labour Organization (ILO) to continue to play a leading role in promoting a job-based recovery and a fairer globalization.

  4. Marlee Matlin urges that people with disabilities be “counted in” economic recovery efforts

    12 November 2009

    Expressing concern that people with disabilities may face rising exclusion from the world of work due to the global economic crisis, Academy Award winning actress, television star and activist Marlee Matlin urged that they be “counted in” efforts to stimulate and support economic recovery.

  5. ILO Governing Body to address world of work response to global economic crisis

    06 November 2009

    The Governing Body of the International Labour Office (ILO) is to examine the response of the world of work to the global economic crisis, and assess the current outlook for a recovery in employment at its meeting here on 5-20 November under the Global Jobs Pact adopted by the ILO’s International Labour Conference in June 2009.

  6. ILO says economic crisis eroding real wages for second year running

    03 November 2009

    Global growth in real wages slowed dramatically in 2008 as a result of the economic crisis and is expected to drop even further this year despite signs of a possible economic recovery, the International Labour Organization said. “The continued deterioration of real wages worldwide raises serious questions about the true extent of an economic recovery, especially if government rescue packages are phased out too early. Wage deflation deprives national economies of much needed demand and seriously affects confidence”, said Manuela Tomei, Director, ILO Conditions of Work and Employment Programme and lead author of the study.

October 2009

  1. Arab Employment Forum endorses agenda for action in the region

    21 October 2009

    The Arab Employment Forum closed with agreement between the government, employer and worker representatives of 22 countries on an Agenda for Action to apply the Global Jobs Pact in the region to mitigate the immediate impacts of the economic crisis on labour markets.

  2. Arab Employment Forum opens with strong call for a job-centered recovery

    19 October 2009

    Government, employer and worker representatives opened a three-day Arab Employment Forum amid growing concerns over the impact of the global economic crisis on jobs and enterprises in the region, and an urgent call for action based on the ILO Global Jobs Pact. “The crisis calls for the building of a new model of sustainable and productive growth with sustainable enterprises and decent work, with dynamic markets operating within a framework of shared public policy objectives, not oblivious of the environment, concerned with the most vulnerable,” said ILO Director-General Juan Somavia in his opening address to the Forum.

  3. ILO report says temporary workers among the worst hit by the economic crisis, urges balance between flexible labour markets and workers’ protection

    19 October 2009

    A new report issued by the International Labour Office says that workers employed by temporary employment agencies have been among the first to lose their jobs as a result of the financial and economic crisis. At the same time, the report also observes that ratification of ILO Convention No. 181 on private employment agencies can help to promote Decent Work and ensure better functioning labour markets.

  4. Arab Employment Forum to address impact of the global financial crisis on employment

    18 October 2009

    A three-day Arab Employment Forum opens in Beirut with the participation of high-level delegates from 22 countries in the region to examine the consequences of the global economic crisis on Arab states and consider ways of sustaining jobs and extending social protection for its citizens.

  5. Arab Employment Forum: A Jobs Pact for Recovery and Growth

    15 October 2009

    Under the patronage of H.E. the Prime Minister of Lebanon, the International Labour Organization (ILO) in partnership with the Arab Labour Organization (ALO) will host the Arab Employment Forum (AEF) in Beirut on 19-21 October 2009. Keynote speakers will include Mr. Juan Somavia, Director-General of the ILO, Mr. Ahmed Luqman, Director-General of the ALO and labour ministers from across the Arab world.