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Press releases

This is a list of official ILO press releases issued by the ILO Country Office for South Pacific Island Countries. The most recent release is at the top.

June 2014

  1. Samoan Art Schools benefit from Youth Employment Programm (YEP) grants

    03 June 2014

    Three art schools have benefited from the UN Youth Employment Programme in Samoa.

May 2014

  1. ILO Director-General Report Stimulates Debate on Fair Labour Migration

    28 May 2014

    Migration is a key aspect of the world of work in the Pacific. Of all world regions, the Pacific has the highest per capita level of international mobility amongst its resident populations, especially those in Polynesia and Micronesia.

March 2014

  1. The ILO Office for Pacific Island Countries Calls on Governments, Employers and Unions to Focus on Eliminating Gender Discrimination and Harassment in the workplace

    07 March 2014

    The occasion of International Women’s Day provides an important opportunity to reflect on progress towards gender equality in the labour markets of Pacific Island Countries.

  2. ILO body adopts new minimum monthly wage for seafarers

    06 March 2014

    The mechanism is the only one in the ILO for setting the basic wage for any industry.

December 2013

  1. ILO: Youth employment is a major challenge for young people in the Pacific

    07 December 2013

    ILO Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Mr Yoshiteru Uramoto highlighted that youth employment is a major challenge, faced by young people in the Pacific, when he addressed the 3rd Meeting of the Pacific Youth & Sports Ministers, in Noumea, New Caledonia on 7 December 2013.

October 2013

  1. Sub-regional tripartite workshop on wages policies in the Pacific island

    29 October 2013

    Wage setting though minimum wages and collective bargaining agreements presents a number of practical challenges in the Pacific Island countries.

August 2013

  1. Pacific Island Countries benefit from ILO Maritime Labour Convention (MLC,2006)

    26 August 2013

    A new “bill of rights” – the ILO’s Maritime Labour Convention – comes into force, ensuring protection for the world’s 1.5 million seafarers and fair competition for shipowners.

February 2013

  1. Fiji Child Labour DVD to be launched at the National Child Labour Forum

    18 February 2013

    The plight of children in child labour in Fiji will be raised, through the launching of a DVD titled “Back to School- Tackling Child Labour in Fiji”

January 2013

  1. ILO to publish annual report on global employment trends and the jobs crisis

    21 January 2013

    The ILO is to launch its annual report, “Global Employment Trends 2013” (GET) on Tuesday 22 January.

September 2012

  1. ILO mission to Fiji aborted

    19 September 2012

    An ILO direct contacts mission on freedom of association has been obliged to depart from Fiji without having completed its mandate.

  2. Pacific ratifications help to bring ‘Seafarers Bill of Rights’ into effect

    12 September 2012

    The ILO has received the 30th ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC), fulfilling the final condition for the first global standard spanning continents and oceans, to go into effect in a year’s time

August 2012

  1. Reform planned for PNG labour laws

    17 August 2012

    Papau New Guinea's labour laws are in for a make over which will now include a new Employment Relations Bill. The new bill will repeal and update the existing laws.

  2. Questions and answers on the “Cash for Work project”

    10 August 2012

    The cash-for-work initiative, funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with support from UN Women and the International Labour Organisation (ILO), is being implemented with the Government of Fiji to focus initially on market vendors in Rakiraki, one of the country’s worst affected districts, located halfway between the capital Suva and the western town of Nadi.

May 2012

April 2012

  1. World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2012 to highlight and acknowledge Fiji’s achievement in its OHS Labour reforms

    26 April 2012

    From 2006 to date, the Fiji Ministry of Labour has tasked itself to reform all outdated labour policies which included progressive health and safety standards

  2. Solomon Islands ratifies six ILO Human Rights Conventions

    25 April 2012

    Following several years of cooperation between Solomon Islands and the ILO, the Government of Solomon Islands has decided to ratify six fundamental conventions. The registration of which was made on 13 April 2012 in ILO headquarters

  3. Temporary employment boosts early recovery from Fiji floods - UN

    25 April 2012

    The cash-for-work initiative, funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with support from UN Women and the International Labour Organisation (ILO), is being implemented with the Government of Fiji to focus initially on market vendors in Rakiraki, one of the country’s worst affected districts, located halfway between the capital Suva and the western town of Nadi.

  4. Radio Australia's Pacific Beat Q&A with ILO TACKLE

    25 April 2012

    A report has found that child labour exists in PNG and the worst forms exist in Port Moresby.

  5. Child labour in Papua New Guinea

    19 April 2012

    The first comprehensive child labour research report for Papua New Guinea.

March 2012

  1. Tuvalu ratifies the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006)

    06 March 2012

    The Government of Tuvalu deposited with the International Labour Office the instrument of ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006). Tuvalu, which became an ILO member in 2008, is the fifth member State from the Asia-Pacific region – after Australia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands and Singapore – to have ratified the landmark Maritime Labour Convention, 2006.

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