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The Sectoral Activities Department is the ILO’s repository of knowledge on sector-specific labour and social issues. Research and studies conducted, in line with the ILO’s research policies, deal with emerging and priority issues of strong interest for ILO’s sectoral constituents.

Working Papers, vehicles for disseminating information on a range of topics related to the world of work and the evolution of social and labour policies and practices for a given sector, are regularly published and widely disseminated. Background reports and issues papers, which provide more in-depth analysis on specific issues, are also published for discussion at international tripartite meetings and global dialogue fora.

2014

  1. Employment relationships in the media and culture industries

    08 April 2014

    Issues paper for the Global Dialogue Forum on Employment Relationships in the Media and Culture Sector

  2. Collective bargaining in the public service: Bridging gaps for a better future

    06 March 2014

    Issues paper for discussion at the Global Dialogue Forum on Challenges to Collective Bargaining in the Public Service (Geneva, 2−3 April 2014)

2013

  1. Living and working conditions in inland navigation in Europe

    20 December 2013

    This study explores various aspects of the inland navigation in the European region, addressing all the essential aspects in relation to the working and living conditions of the crews, including relevant laws and regulations, occupational safety and health, social security and enforcement, etc.

  2. Promoting the employment of women in the transport sector - obstacles and policy options

    20 December 2013

    This study focuses on the working conditions and the HR policies of transport companies designed to mainstream gender, the opportunities for success and advancement, and the barriers faced by women who work in the transport sector.

  3. Law and practice of private employment agency work in South Africa

    03 December 2013

    This paper, written by Paul Benjamin, presents the findings of a study on laws, regulations and practice relating to the work of employment agencies in South Africa, covering the “labour broking” industry and the recruitment and placement of individuals in permanent or temporary employment.

  4. Private employment agencies in South Africa

    03 December 2013

    Presents findings about the work of private employment agencies in South Africa, focusing on empirical and statistical aspects. Covers temporary agency work and recruitment and placement of individuals in permanent or temporary jobs. It highlights data shortcomings and suggests improvements.

  5. Private employment agencies in the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden

    03 December 2013

    This paper, written by Gijsbert van Liemt, discusses the development of private employment agencies in the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden, focusing on the period from the mid-1990s to 2013, highlighting some of the main issues of concern to the agency industry.

  6. Promoting decent work in the chemical industry: Innovative initiatives

    18 October 2013

    Issues paper for discussion at the Global Dialogue Forum on Initiatives to Promote Decent and Productive Work in the Chemical Industry

  7. City-to-City and South-South and Triangular Cooperation

    26 September 2013

    Local economic and social development and city-to-city cooperation are gaining international visibility. What are the challenges related to the world of work that cities and their citizens are currently facing? How can cities, local governments and their partners learn from each other’s good practices within a South-South cooperation framework? How can they address the challenges of the world of work together with government and the social partners? These are the main questions this handbook addresses in order to stimulate further South-South and triangular cooperation between cities for the promotion of Decent Work. It also describes current South-South initiatives already undertaken by the International Labour Organization in partnership with the UCLG.

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