News from ACTRAV

  1. International Labour Standards: 8 countries ratify ILO Conventions

    01 July 2012

  2. May Day rally as part of labour union’s strategic action

    01 May 2012

    An opinion-editorial by Tauvik Muhamad, Programme Officer, ILO-Jakarta, focusing on the Indonesian labour movement and the urgency for the unions to come up with more strategic thinking and sustainable means of influencing the policy-making process. The opinion article was published by the Jakarta Post on 1 May.

  3. Zooming in on the safety and health dimension of greening the economy

    23 April 2012

    The 2012 World Day for Safety and Health at Work focuses on the promotion of occupational safety and health (OSH) in a green economy. The shift to a green economy is perceived as a way to reconcile the world’s economic and social needs with environmental sustainability. However, even if certain jobs are considered to be “green”, the technologies used may protect the environment but not be safe at all. In this interview, Ms Manuela Tomei, Director of the ILO Labour Protection Department (PROTRAV), looks at the less visible dimension of green jobs and the greening of traditional sectors.

  4. Former President of Chile Michelle Bachelet presents report on Social Protection Floor to President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil

    19 December 2011

    The President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, received on 15 December from the Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet, the Portuguese version of the report "Social Protection Floor for a Fair and Inclusive Globalization". The report calls for the implementation of a social protection floor in order to stimulate economic growth and increase social cohesion in light of the economic crisis.

  5. From the depths of an African shantytown, a nascent youth employment movement grows

    14 December 2011

    In Africa’s second largest slum, youth unemployment is sky high. But cooperative projects are helping youth find work and slowly lift themselves out of poverty through such projects as raising food in community gardens, processing waste for bio-fuel or providing improved sanitation. Journalist Anne Holmes reports on how this emerging economic revival is making a small but significant dent in a major ongoing challenge.

  6. ILO unveils book calling for new thinking on labour issues

    09 June 2011

    The ILO and the Global Labour University have unveiled a new anthology of global labour writing that calls for fresh thinking on key issues ranging from responses to the global economic crisis to globalization, and workers’ rights. The book - entitled “There is an alternative Economic policies and labour strategies beyond the mainstream” will be launched at the International Labour Conference in Geneva.