Publications

2019

  1. The Future of Work: Trade Unions in Transformation

    29 November 2019

    It has become harder for trade unions in both developed and emerging countries to protect the rights of workers and working conditions, as shown not only in the reduction of unionization, but also the fall in the labour share of income in most countries.This issue of the Journal compiles the thoughts of leading academics on the topics that are shaping discussions on the future of work. The Journal aims to serve as a stepping stone for the labour movement in its own deliberations on how workers’organizations can react to the fundamental changes that are affecting the world of work, and that it will provide further reflections on the transformation of trade unions these changes might entail.

  2. Web Application on Freedom of Association

    02 November 2019

    How to secure and promote freedom of association? This web application provides an overview of the principles on freedom of association and explains how ILO procedures and bodies can be best used to secure and promote freedom of association across the world.

  3. Social Dialogue, Collective Bargaining and Responsible Business Conduct: Promoting the Strategic Use of the International Instruments for Trade Unions' Action

    05 October 2019

    The aim of this report is to map and analyse the various International Instruments to promote social dialogue, collective bargaining and responsible business conduct to address the main challenges raised by the ILO Resolution concerning Decent Work in Global Supply Chains (2016), including the Global Framework Agreement.

  4. Trade Unions in the Balance

    04 October 2019

    On the occasion of the ILO Centenary celebration, the Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ILO-ACTRAV) commissioned a research on the current state of the unions in the world. The research conducts by Professor Visser explores developments in union membership across the world in the past decades.

  5. Workers’ Guide to Employment and Decent Work for Peace and Resilience Recommendation (No. 205)

    28 August 2019

    Through this Workers’ Guide, the ILO’s Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV) provides information and guidance on how trade unions can ensure the implementation of this new global tool to their advantage. It is intended to serve as a valuable reference to workers’ organizations on the provisions of Recommendation No. 205.

  6. Workers' organizations engaging in skills development

    07 August 2019

  7. Organizing Informal Workers into Trade Unions-A trade union guide

    19 June 2019

    The aim of this document is to offer practical guidance on how to address six institutional challenges in organizing the informal economy into trade unions. The guide relies on practical and important lessons on how to integrate the diverse group of informal economy workers and operators into the formal structures of the trade union movement. It also addresses the benefits and the challenges of organizing informal economy workers, and hereby enacts and supports the implementation of Recommendation No. 204.

  8. The Driving Force Birth and Evolution of Tripartism - The Role of the ILO Workers' Group

    18 June 2019

    Beyond stating that the International Labour Organization has, since 1919, had a unique tripartite structure, with the participation of governments and employers’ and workers’ organizations, not much has been written about how tripartism actually works. The book gives examples of the dynamics at work between the three groups of the ILO and explains how, over time, the force that has driven its agenda has been the Workers’Group.

  9. Closing the Gender Pay Gap: What Role for Trade Unions?

    09 April 2019

    This policy brief focusses on four main trade union strategies that address overall gender discrimination, overall wage inequality, specific gender pay gaps and Women’s representation in decision-making.

  10. Closing the Gender Pay Gap: What Role for Trade Unions?

    09 April 2019

    The authors of the paper, Professor Jill Rubery and Mathew Johnson, examine the role trade unions can and are playing at different policy levels in respect of both overall wage and gender-specific wage inequality. Although the paper is developed primary for trade unionists engaged in wage setting and equal pay, it is also highly recommended for researchers, policy makers and other stakeholders, both in a developed and developing country context.

2018

  1. Just Transition Towards Environmentally Sustainable Economies and Societies for All

    22 October 2018

    The transition to a carbon-neutral economy will affect every aspect of how we produce goods, provide services, move around and consume. The Paris Agreement (UNFCCC 2015), was a historical milestone, where nations committed themselves to transforming their development trajectories in order to limit global warming by 2100 to 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. This policy brief will address the main challenges in fulfilling these goals, how just transition can work in practice and what trade unions and workers’ organizations can do.

  2. Recommendation No. 205 on Employment and Decent Work for Peace and Resilience: What Role for Trade Unions?

    12 October 2018

    This policy brief aims at assisting workers’ organisations in positioning themselves with regard to conflicts and disasters, in particular, with regard to the generation of employment and decent work for the purpose of prevention, recovery, peace, and resilience with respect to crisis situations arising from both conflicts and disasters.

  3. Conference Committee on the Application of Standards: Record of Proceedings (ILC 2018)

    27 August 2018

    The Conference Committee on the Application of Standards, a standing tripartite body of the International Labour Conference and an essential component of the ILO’s supervisory system, examines each year the report published by the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations.

  4. The ILO MNE Declaration: What’s in it for Workers?

    01 May 2018

    The ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles Concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration) was negotiated and adopted by governments, employers and workers in 1977. It is the only ILO instrument that provides direct guidance on how companies can contribute to the realization of decent work for all and highlights the central role of freedom of association and collective bargaining as well as industrial relations and social dialogue.

  5. The Threat of Physical and Psychosocial Violence and Harassment in Digitalized Work

    06 February 2018

    The workplace is changing rapidly, due to the recent increase of new technologies. Digitalization is impacting management and organisation of workplaces across the world, transforming how, how much, where, and under what conditions, people work.

2017

  1. Trade unions and migrant workers: New contexts and challenges in Europe

    20 December 2017

    This timely book analyses the relationship between trade unions, immigration and migrant workers across eleven European countries in the period between the 1990s and 2015.

  2. Expert Meeting on Trade Union Actions to Promote Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities

    03 December 2017

    The experts meeting brought together trade union representatives from all over the world, as well as specialists and civil society representatives to discuss the role trade unions can play on disability inclusion and decent work for persons with disabilities.

  3. Trade Union Action on Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities

    03 December 2017

    Trade unions are working all over the world on disability issues. This research captures and summarises trade union action on disability from over 50 countries, including developed, emerging and developing economies. The research offers a new perspective to trade unions who have not worked on this issue, and points to opportunities for others to develop their work further.

  4. Conference Committee on the Application of Standards: Extracts from the Record of Proceedings (ILC 2017)

    22 September 2017

    The Conference Committee on the Application of Standards, a standing tripartite body of the International Labour Conference and an essential component of the ILO’s supervisory system, examines each year the report published by the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations.

  5. Trade Union Reference Manual on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

    08 May 2017

    This reference manual, seeks to assist trade union leaders, members and sympathizers, in their engagement in these national strategies for sustainable development.