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. Brussels Seminar : Working Conditions in EPZs

    25 February 2011

    The ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) jointly organized an international seminar on “Organizing in Export-Processing Zones (EPZs)” in Brussels from the 21st to 23rd February 2011.

  2. Libya Situation: ILO Concerns

    24 February 2011

  3. The ILO MNEs Declaration: Interview with Anna Biondi

    15 February 2011

    The Bureau for workers’ activities (ACTRAV) has published a guide on the ILO Declaration on Multinational Enterprises for workers. At this occasion, the Deputy Director of ACTRAV, Anna Biondi gave somes explanations...

  4. International Journal of Labour Research: New issue on Sustainable Development

    10 February 2011

  5. Brussels Seminar on Export Processing Zones (EPZs)

    03 February 2011

    How does one organize workers in export processing zones around the world? This is the issue that a seminar, organized from the 21 to 23 February 2011 in Brussels, will seek to address.


  1. Note: Participation in the International Labour Conference 2011

    15 December 2010

    If your organization is an international workers’ organization and you wish to participate in the 100th Session of the International Labour Conference, which will take place in Geneva from 1 to 17 June 2011, your request to receive an invitation should be sent to the Director-General of the ILO, marked for the attention of Mr Martinot-Lagarde of the Bureau for External Relations and Partnerships, with a copy to Mr Cunniah, Director of the Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV), to arrive no later than 3 February 2011.

  2. Hong-Kong: A New Federation of Asian Domestic Workers

    21 November 2010

  3. Quality Public Services: The ITUC Calls upon the Trade Union Movement to act in Solidarity

    14 October 2010

  4. Labour and the Global Crisis: Sharing the Burden (!) Shaping the Future (?)

    16 September 2010

  5. Trade Union Participation in International Labour Standards Activities and the ILO Supervisory System(deadline 1 September 2010)

    29 July 2010

  6. The Global Labour University invites trade unionists and labour activists to apply to a Masters in "Labour and Globalisation" at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

    10 July 2010

  7. News: Asian Union Leaders Meet their Counterparts in the Gulf to Discuss Labour Migration

    05 July 2010

  8. News: Support for Migrant Workers in Israel

    01 July 2010

  9. Spotlight Interview with Luc Demaret (ILO-Actrav) Domestic work: « Putting an end to exclusion and exploitation »

    05 June 2010


  1. Statement of the X Ibero-American Union Summit

    30 November 2009

    Statement of the X Ibero-American Union Summit


  1. Many workers suffer from hunger and poverty - FAO/ILO/IUF report

    06 October 2005

    Many of the 450 million agricultural workers live in dire conditions

  2. 28 April 10th International Commemoration Day (ICD) For Dead And Injured Workers World Day for Safety and Health at Work

    22 March 2005

    Employing half of the world's labour force,modernday agriculture is anything but idyllic.Along with mining and construction,it is one of the three most hazardous sectors in industrialized and developing countries alike. Of an estimated 355,000 fatal work accidents per year worldwide, more than half are in agriculture.A disproportionate share of work-related injuries and diseases is also borne by agricultural workers. And child labourers, all too commonly employed in this sector,face particular dangers.

  3. Global labour leaders call for release of Nepalese trade unionists

    22 March 2005

    A group of top trade union leaders who are taking part in a session of the Governing Body of the tripartite UN's International Labour Organisation (ILO) went today to the Nepalese mission to the UN in Geneva to express their concern about the situation in Nepal and call for the release of detained trade unionists.


  1. Advancing fair Globalization

    09 October 2004

    Heidemarie Wieczoreck Zeul, the German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development and Sir Leroy Trotman, the spokesperson of the Workers Group of the ILO welcomed an international group of students,trade unions and academics to the inauguration of the Masters Course on "Labour Policies and Globalisation" earlier this week in Kassel, Germany

  2. India: Hope Dawns as Women Beat Poverty

    01 July 2004

    In the villages of India, women are organizing against poverty. With the backing of a team from the ILO Bureau for Workers' Activities (ACTRAV)hundreds of "self-help groups" have been set up. These groups now ensure a trade union presence in some of the most remote areas of southern India.