Press releases

ACTRAV Info sheets are communiqués on positions taken by the International Labour Office affecting workers and on the positions of the Workers' Group within the organization's various forums.


  1. Egypt: Bipartite agreement signed between unions and employers in Port Said

    21 March 2014

  2. Workers’ Group pays tribute to trade unionist Marc Blondel

    17 March 2014

  3. Unions in Africa pushing the ILO’s Decent Work and social justice agenda

    24 February 2014

    African trade unions need to mobilize to promote the ILO’s Decent Work and social justice agenda, participants said at a regional trade union conference in Nairobi.


  1. Collective bargaining essential to overcome global income inequalities

    17 December 2013

    An international workers’ meeting ended in Geneva on 13 December with a call for strengthening workers’ rights to reduce growing inequalities.

  2. Trade unions to discuss income inequality at ILO meeting

    10 December 2013

    Trade union leaders, ILO experts and scholars from around the globe will analyse the impact that high levels of income inequality are having on workers worldwide.

  3. Temporary Agency Work: What the unions expect from the ILO

    28 November 2013

    Last October, the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA) launched a new study on temporary agency work in eight Latin American countries with the support of the ILO Bureau for Workers' Activities (ACTRAV). The study which had been carried out during 2012-2013, highlights in particular the need to counter the expansion of agency work and to set limits to outsourcing strategies. In this context, union representatives explain what they expect from the ILO with regard to Convention 181 and, more broadly, to short-term employment agencies.

  4. Interview with Luc Cortebeeck, Chair of the Workers’ Group of the ILO Governing Body

    11 November 2013

    The 319th session of the ILO Governing Body recently drew to a close in Geneva. Tackled at this session were several issues concerning the economic crisis in Europe, workers’ rights and international migration. In this interview the Chair of the Workers’ Group, Luc Cortebeeck, looks at the main points covered at this session, held in Geneva on 17-31 October 2013.

  5. ILO Deputy Director General calls for faster implementation of the new labour law in Bangladesh

    30 October 2013

    Opening the conference “Bangladesh 2013: The Rising Demand for Labour Standards”, ILO Deputy Director General Gilbert Houngbo called for faster implementation of the new labour law to protect workers after the Rana Plaza building collapse which killed 1,130 workers in Bangladesh six months ago.

  6. Americas: Unions launched a new study on Temporary Agency Work

    29 October 2013

    A new study concerning temporary agency work in eight countries in Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Panama and Uruguay) was been launched in Geneva by the Trade Unions Confederation of Americas (TUCA) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), with support of ILO Bureau for Workers Activities (ACTRAV).

  7. Georgia : A new start to promote ILO Standards and strengthen Social Dialogue

    14 October 2013

    Georgian Trade Union Confederation (GTUC) launched a new program for the promotion and the ratification of ILO Conventions for the period 2013-2017 and strengthening social dialogue.

  8. Indian Unions set up joint platform for the ratification and application of C87 and C98

    02 October 2013

    A solidarity campaign continues for the ratification and application of ILO Conventions 87 on Freedom of Association and 98 on Collective Bargaining established by 11 national trade union confederations in India.

  9. Worker delegates pay tribute to Dan Cunniah

    10 July 2013

  10. Ryder: Decent Work and labour standards central to the global economy

    07 June 2013

    The ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, addresses the workers delegates attending the 102nd session of the International Labour Conference.

  11. Workers call for respect of rights

    05 June 2013

  12. Unions call for employment and decent work in the post-2015 Development Agenda

    23 May 2013

  13. ILO Deputy-Director General calls on social partners to get involved in the new development agenda

    21 May 2013

  14. Labour Standards: Unions from Italy, Moldova and Ukraine sign cooperation agreements

    16 May 2013

  15. Asia and Pacific: ILO call for wage policy

    18 April 2013

  16. Report of the Committee on Freedom of Association: interview with Yves Veyrier, workers’ spokesperson

    02 April 2013

    The 317th session of the Governing Body adopted the latest report of the Committee on Freedom of Association. Yves Veyrier, the workers’ spokesperson on this Committee, fills in some details of the results obtained by the unions, on the issue of the right to strike and the application of the Committee’s decisions and recommendations.

  17. 317th session of the ILO Governing Body: Interview with Luc Cortebeeck, Workers’ Group Spokesperson

    27 March 2013

    The 317th session of the ILO Governing Body has just ended in Geneva. Workers’ Group Spokesperson Luc Cortebeeck looks at the results achieved at this session, the reforms launched within the Organization and the position that the workers will be taking at the European Regional Meeting of the ILO to be held on 8 April in Oslo.