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.

March 2015

  1. ILO welcomes Fiji tripartite agreement on labour relations

    25 March 2015

  2. Labour inspectors trained on foundation skills in Samoa

    11 March 2015

    Labour inspectors from the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour (MCIL) have taken part in a training organized in partnership with the International Labour Organization. MCIL continues to prioritize this improvement of its labour inspection functions as part of Samoa’s Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) 2013 -2016.

February 2015

  1. Kiribati Develops a draft action plan to eliminate the worst forms of Child Labour

    26 February 2015

    This technical support by the ILO is part of the ILO’s Pacific sub-regional project on child labour and trafficking that is built on experiences of the TACKLE (Tackling child labour through education) project funded by the European Union.

August 2014

  1. © Robert Harding / AFP 2015

    ILO to promote decent work in Small Island Developing States at SIDS Conference in Samoa

    25 August 2014

  2. ILO Supports seven young people to participate at the SIDS Youth Forum

    15 August 2014

    The International Labour Organization this week announced seven young people to take part in the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Youth Forum to take place on the 28th of August 2014 in Apia, Samoa

  3. ILO Office for Pacific Island Countries launches report “Decent Work and Social Justice in Pacific Small Island Developing States - Challenges, Opportunities and Policy Responses”

    12 August 2014

    To mark International Youth Day, The International Labour Organization (ILO) Office for Pacific Island Countries have launched a report, entitled “Decent Work and Social Justice in Pacific Small Island Developing States”.

  4. Improving data collection of labour statistics (including labour migration statistics)in Pacific Island Countries

    01 August 2014

    The ILO in collaboration with partners, UNESCAP and SPC has completed a sub-regional technical workshop on labour and migration statistics for Pacific Island Countries. This technical workshop took place from 28 July to 1 August 2014 in Nadi, Fiji and brought together government officials from the Ministry/Department of Labour and National Statistics Office from nine Pacific Island Countries, including an employer’s representative.

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.