News and articles

September 2023

  1. Trade Unions: What is the future of workers' education?

    19 September 2023

    As the largest membership based civil society organization in the world and a crucial constituent of the International Labour Organization, workers ‘organizations gain their strength and influence through effective education and support of their members. However, issues such as climate change and demographic shifts, new technologies, digitalisation, growing inequalities, and geopolitical tensions are jeopardising attempts to achieve social justice and decent work for all. Facing these challenges, what is the future of workers’ education?

July 2023

  1. A returnee raised her income and improved her skills

    26 July 2023

    Migrant workers who lack proper information usually end up extending their stay, despite their visas having expired, putting them in danger of being classified as irregular/undocumented migrants. Migrants are even more vulnerable in such situations and face numerous challenges, including labour rights violations, abuses, and exploitation.

  2. Why Workers' Organizations remain important players to advance social justice?

    03 July 2023

    Former ILO Senior Adviser Claude Akpokavie draws from his experience as a trade unionist and explains the pivotal role played by workers' organizations in promoting social justice for all.

June 2023

  1. ILO Director-General concludes first ever Philippines visit with call for more social dialogue

    28 June 2023

    Three-day visit includes meetings with President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., social partners, migrant workers and a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Philippines joining the ILO.

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    ILO Director-General Houngbo to hold first official visit to the Philippines

    23 June 2023

    As the Philippines marks its 75th anniversary of ILO membership, ILO Director-General Houngbo will make his first official visit in the country to promote the Global Coalition for Social Justice, which aims to address growing inequalities and persistent poverty, as well as ensure decent work.

  3. New ILO Recommendation on Quality Apprenticeships: What benefits for Workers?

    16 June 2023

    The 111th session of the International Labour Conference adopted a new recommendation on quality apprenticeships. Amanda Brown, the workers’spokesperson of the Standard-Setting Committee on Apprenticeships, explains the benefits of this instrument for apprentices in particular for youth who are the most represented.

  4. How to achieve inclusive, adequate and effective labour protection for all workers ?

    16 June 2023

    The 111th session of the International Labour Conference adopted a Resolution concerning the second recurrent discussion on labour protection. A key objective of this resolution is the achievement of inclusive, adequate and effective labour protection for all workers. In this episode of Workers Voices, Magnus Norddahl, Workers’ Spokesperson of Recurrent Discussion Committee on Labour Protection, explains the main benefits of this resolution for workers.

  5. ILC 2023: What are the challenges and opportunities for Workers?

    07 June 2023

    Zahoor Awan, Worker Vice-Chairperson of the 111th Session of the International Labour Conference, discusses the challenges and opportunities of this session. Mr Awan speaks about the role of workers' organizations to promote social justice for all.

  6. How are trade unions adapting to changes in the world of work?

    02 June 2023

    The world of work is undergoing a period of transformation, and trade unions are responding to workers' needs and aspirations with innovation and foresight. The ILO's Bureau for Workers' Activities (ACTRAV) has launched a program with trade unions that enables them to become agents of change and support workers through this process of transformation. In this interview, Maria Helena Andre, Director of ACTRAV, takes stock of the trade union movement and outlines the challenges trade unions are facing. Ms Andre stresses in particular the importance of social dialogue in formulating responses to new challenges in the world of work.

April 2023

  1. Occupational safety and health key to achieve social justice, says ILO

    24 April 2023

    The ILO held a ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy, in which more than 1,130 workers lost their lives and thousands were injured when a garment factory collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 24 April 2013.