Events and meetings

One of ACTRAV’s main events is the bi-annual International Workers’ Symposium. This is a meeting gathering trade unionists and other specialists from all over the world to discuss a given topic.

In addition ACTRAV organizes other events, meetings and workshops, both at headquarters and in the field, focusing on the areas of activities of the bureau.

ACTRAV is at the service of workers representatives as they participate in different meetings at the ILO. Colleagues do also assist in preparing case files that will help worker representatives develop their positions and arguments for the Annual Conference of the ILO, the Governing Body, regional and sectoral conferences and in the Office's various activities.

October 2014

  1. Trade union unity and principles of freedom of association in Eastern Africa

    Freedom of association refers to the right of workers and employers to create and join organizations of their choice freely and without fear of reprisal or interference. This includes the right to establish and affiliate to confederations and international organizations. Linked to freedom of association is the right to collective bargaining, which allows workers to negotiate their working conditions freely with their employers.

  2. Nepal:Workers’ Mobilization for Policy Interventions

    The main objective of the conference is to draw attention of the Government of Nepal for protecting workers’ fundamental rights.

September 2014

  1. ACTRAV Symposium on the role of trade unions in the promotion of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in the Asia- Pacific region

    35 Union leaders from 14 countries in Asia and the Pacific will participate in the Symposium to place greater emphasis on Occupational Safety and Health and promote collective bargaining in the region.

  2. Global Dialogue Forum on Wages and Working Hours in the Textiles, Clothing, Leather and Footwear Industries

    The Global Dialogue Forum on Wages and Tripartite participants will discuss ways to address wages and working hours in the textiles, clothing, leather and footwear industries.

  3. Mauritius:Trade Union Forum on Employment Policy, Gender Mainstreaming and Freedom of Association

    Organized by ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities and ILO Country Office for Mauritius in collaboration with Confederations of Trade Unions in Mauritius; the overall objective of the trade union forum is to enhance the trade union capacity in Mauritius to understand and develop long term social and economic policies, with particular focus on national employment policy, gender issues and freedom of association.

  4. 18th American Regional Meeting, 13-16 October 2014

June 2014

  1. Trade Union Strategy Workshop on the Post 2015 development agenda

  2. 103rd Session of the International Labour Conference

April 2014

  1. One year after Rana Plaza, where are we and where do we want to go? Discussion on the ILO's role

    On year after the Rana Plaza Building Collapse, the ILO Bureau for Workers' Activities will organise a panel discussion on 28th April, to pay tribute to the memory of the victims of this tragedy, which killed 1138 workers and injured over 2000 others.

February 2014

  1. Global Development Agenda, Decent Work and Social Justice: Challenges for African Trade Union Movement

    Africa is the world's second largest continent in both land area and population—with more than 800 million people living in fifty-four countries.The trade union movement in Africa concurs with the analysis that the development challenges facing the continent are enormous, and requires not a simple solution.

December 2013

  1. Call for application to Global Labour University Programmes

    The Global Labour University (GLU) invites trade unionists and labour activists to apply to its Masters programmes in ‘Labour Policies and Globalisation’ at the University of Kassel and the Berlin School of Economics and Law (Germany) and the newly launched Masters in ‘Labor and Global Workers’ Right’s’ at Penn State University (USA).

November 2013

  1. Income Inequality, Labour Market Institutions and Workers’ Power

    Inequality is on the rise, both on a global level and within most countries. While the world economy is on a slow recovery, the spread of precarious employment relations contributes to widening the gap between the rich and the poor.

July 2013

  1. Strengthening the Core Labour Standards Ratification Campaign & Giving Importance to Youth Involvement

June 2013

  1. Conclusions of the Committee on the Applications of Standards

    In the framework of the 102th International Labour Conference that took place in June 2013, the Committee on the Application of Standards adopted conclusions on the 25 countries selected to provide information and explanations on the lack of implementation of ILO Conventions.

April 2013

  1. Trade Union Meeting of Experts on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

    In the year 2000, the United Nations adopted the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as the main development framework for the international system. A set of 8 goals were adopted and 2015 was earmarked as the target date for their attainment. As the target date for the achievement of the MDGs approaches, the UN has initiated discussions on the Post-2015 development compact which will replace the MDGs.

  2. Trade unions and worker cooperatives: Where are we at?

  3. ILO ACTRAV Regional Seminar on Wage Policy

    Extremely low wages for many workers in the formal and the informal economy are keeping millions of workers and their families in poverty. Wage growth in many countries has been lacking productivity growth. Policies in favour of systematic trade surpluses have deprived workers from their fair share of the wealth creation in money countries.

  4. Call for application to Global Labour University Programmes (Deadline: 1 April 2013)

    The Global Labour University (GLU) invites trade unionists and labour activists to apply until 1st April 2013 to the following programmes.

September 2012

  1. Kenya: Symposium on Police-Management Relations in Africa

    For many years, the police and prisons services were usually excluded from general labour legislation in many countries. Police and Prisons Acts were enacted covering issues such as appointment and service conditions, but there was no involvement of the officers themselves. Even as other civil servants gained their organizational rights, the police and prisons did not, arguably due to the nature of their responsibility for the internal security of the country.

June 2012

  1. Tribute to Lord Brett of Lydd, former President of Workers’ group and Vice-President of the ILO’s Governing Body

    The former President of Workers’ group and Vice-President of the ILO’s Governing Body (from 1993 to 2002), Lord Bill Brett of Lydd passed away in March 2012. Following his death, a tribute was paid to him during the 313th Session of ILO Governing Body in March 2012, and at the 101st Session of the International Labour Conference in June 2012.