News

June 2021

  1. © Alex Proimos 2021

    Domestic work – Convention C189

    Ten years on, domestic workers still fight for equality and decent work

    15 June 2021

    On the tenth anniversary of the Domestic Workers’ Convention, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed continued vulnerabilities of domestic workers in the labour market.

  2. Continental Virtual Conference

    Skills Anticipation and Matching in Africa: Raising awareness about the importance of anticipating labour market skills needs

    Under the auspices of the Skills Initiative for Africa, (SIFA) the Africa Union Commission, and African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), with the technical support of the International Labour Organization will be holding an Africa wide conference on Skills Anticipation.

  3. © Rod Waddington 2021

    World Day Against Child Labour

    Child labour rises to 160 million – first increase in two decades

    10 June 2021

    The International Labour Organization and UNICEF warn nine million additional children at risk as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

  4. © JannHuizenga 2021

    WESO Trends 2021

    Slow jobs recovery and increased inequality risk long-term COVID-19 scarring

    02 June 2021

    ILO projections highlight the danger of a COVID-19 labour market legacy of increased geographic and demographic inequality, rising poverty and fewer decent jobs.

May 2021

  1. Interview

    Improving access to protection and remedy for human trafficking victims for the purpose of labour exploitation in Belgium and the Netherlands

    20 May 2021

    ILO-Brussels has launched a technical study examining access to protection and remedy for victims of human trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation in Belgium and the Netherlands. Both countries recently ratified the ILO Protocol Forced Labour which emphasises in particular the access to protection and remedy for victims of forced labour and human trafficking. We interviewed Irene Wintermayr and Amy Weatherburn, authors of the study.

  2. Domestic Workers

    Malta ratifies the Domestic Workers Convention

    17 May 2021

    Malta becomes the 32nd ILO member State to ratify Convention No. 189

  3. © Michel Curi 2021

    Occupational health

    Long working hours can increase deaths from heart disease and stroke, say ILO and WHO

    17 May 2021

    The number of people working long hours globally has increased over time, to an estimated 479 million workers, or nine per cent of the global population.

  4. © Portuguese Presidency EU 2021

    Social Summit in Porto

    ILO Director-General addresses EU Social Summit in Porto

    13 May 2021

    Europe must seize its opportunity to increase investment in training, social protection, social dialogue and the jobs of the future, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, told EU leaders at their Social Summit in Porto, Portugal.

April 2021

  1. News

    ILO: “A green recovery would add 20 million jobs by 2030”

    28 April 2021

    At a meeting organized by the European Commission, the ILO underlined that climate action presents an enormous opportunity for our economies. The transition to a low-carbon economy brings net job gains but also involves deep structural changes in labour markets. Addressing the employment and social dimensions of climate action is therefore vital.

  2. © ILO 2021

    Rights of home-based workers

    Slovenia signs ILO Home Work Convention No. 177

    20 April 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic triggered a shift in work modalities. As workplaces became potential contaminators, home-based work became a preferred option both for employees and employers. However, not all national legislations have been prepared to provide solutions and employers confronted a legal void as they tried to adapt to the new circumstances. The ILO Convention No. 177 aims to promote and protect the rights of those who work at home. On 14 April 2021, ILO Director General Guy Ryder and Slovenian Minister Plenipotentiary, Damir Devčič signed the ILO Convention on Home Work.