News and 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.

April 2014

  1. Tuvalu – a small island State tackles labour law reform

    01 April 2014

    Tuvalu is one of the ILO’s smallest Member States with a population of little more the 10,000 people spread across eight islands. Tuvalu, like a number of other countries in the Pacific region has labour legislation that has been in place for many decades with elements originating from in early colonial times.

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.

November 2013

  1. Helping Pacific Islands to Manage Impacts of Climate Change on Migration

    14 November 2013

    Under the project, the ILO will undertake a range of activities to promote and improve regional labour mobility schemes. In particular, ILO will use its technical expertise to work with Kiribati, Tuvalu and Nauru to improve the countries’ data collection and analysis mechanisms for labour migration stocks and flows, and provide other support as required.

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. Progressing new labour laws in the Pacific Region

    27 August 2013

    For the last two and a half years the ILO Office of Pacific Island Countries has been working closely with Governments and representative organisations of employers and workers in developing new labour legislation to progressively improve compliance with international labour standards.

  2. Prioritising strategies to tackle discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace

    26 August 2013

    Discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace has been identified as a critical barrier to decent work for women in the Pacific. This is one of key outcomes of an ILO Technical Expert Meeting on Gender and Decent Work held in Suva in July.

  3. 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.

June 2013

  1. Making entrepreneurship a real option for young people in the Pacific

    26 June 2013

    The ILO promotes the importance of entrepreneurship education as part of a lifelong learning strategy, that can contribute to increasing the employability of young people by building an entrepreneurial mind-set, positive attitudes, self-confidence, knowledge and skills needed to enter self-employment and be active and productive citizens.

May 2013

  1. Emphasis on need for sectoral approach

    31 May 2013

    The need for young men and women to be involved in entrepreneurship development and opportunities in the Pacific - recognising employment as a major issue among youths in the Pacific.

  2. Kiribati business survey opens communication: ILO

    26 May 2013

    The Kiribati Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) launches the Kiribati Business Survey Report

  3. Fiji National Wage Survey

    20 May 2013

    The country's first national minimum wage baseline survey is underway

  4. Child Labourers exposed to harmful environments

    20 May 2013

    Highlighting the role of teachers in the tackling child labour in Fiji

  5. Teachers fight child labour

    20 May 2013

    A workshop aimed at highlighting the role of teachers in the tackling child labour in Fiji

  6. Six provinces in PNG received training on Child Labour

    20 May 2013

    A road show to generate interest and create awareness on the impacts of child labour in PNG

April 2013

  1. ILO: PNG lacks complete laws on child labour

    22 April 2013

    Papua New Guinea lacks comprehensive legislation to deal with child labour issues, a workshop has been told.

March 2013

  1. 24 OSH and Labour Inspectors trained in Papua New Guinea for a modern and effective OSH inspection system.

    04 March 2013

    The Department of Labour and Industrial Relations, Papua New Guinea (PNG), in cooperation with the ILO organized a five day programme on OSH inspection

February 2013

  1. Recognizing workers skills in Samoa

    19 February 2013

    The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour and the Apprenticeship Council of Samoa have been running a trade testing scheme, offering workers who achieved their present status in their job by experience only, a platform to obtain formal recognition of their skills.

  2. Promoting creative industries through business awareness in schools in Kiribati

    19 February 2013

    Through the UN One Fund initiative in Kiribati, the ILO in collaboration with UNESCO identified the opportunity to promote creative industries in schools. This initiative was welcomed by ILO tripartite partners and youth stakeholders in Kiribati.