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.

November 2012

  1. Women entrepreneurs in Fiji get a boost!

    23 November 2012

    The Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation (FCEF) with the support of the ILO, organized two trainings in November for fifty women entrepreneurs in Fiji.

  2. ILO names five countries for serious violations of freedom of association

    15 November 2012

    The ILO Committee on Freedom of Association has highlighted five out of 32 cases as the most serious and urgent concerning the right to organize, collective bargaining and social dialogue.

  3. Continued South South Cooperation Fiji - Kiribati

    07 November 2012

    The ILO through its Youth Employment Programme in Kiribati brokered an initiative with both countries that would support Kiribati in establishing a National Employment Service Centre (NESC). With Fiji already having an operation National Employment Center (NEC), the initiative facilitated a 10 day study attachment by a Ministry of Labour official from Kiribati to the Fiji NEC.

October 2012

  1. SCREAM - Supporting Children’s Rights through Education Arts and the Media in Fiji

    01 October 2012

    A Training programme on essential information regarding child rights; issues faced by children including child labour and the worst forms of Child Labour and were empowered to take action in addressing these issues through the use of drama, role-plays and creative arts.

September 2012

  1. ILO mission to Fiji aborted

    19 September 2012

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  3. Representing the UN at the Hibiscus festival

    01 August 2012

    The ILO, as chair of the United Nations Working Group on Youth in the Pacific, collaborated with the Miss Hibiscus competition in Fiji to highlight UN’s work for youth in the Pacific region.

May 2012

  1. Republic of Palau becomes 185th ILO member State

    31 May 2012

  2. News in Brief - Country Office for South Pacific Island Countries - April/May 2012

    22 May 2012

    This ILO Suva "news in brief" is for ILO constituents in the Pacific to keep them updated on ILO issues and activities related to Decent Work Country Programmes in their respective countries. This edition highlights topics specific to the International Labour Conference (ILC) which is to be held in Geneva (Switzerland) from 30 May to 15 June 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.

November 2011

  1. Technical Training Course Labour Statistics and Labour Market Information and Analysis in the Pacific

    29 November 2011

    A first for the Pacific technical training on LMIA in the Pacific.

October 2011

  1. Kiribati begins the process of reforming its labour laws

    31 October 2011

    Tripartite constituents in the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati have commenced a policy process to update labour laws to better apply fundamental ILO Conventions.