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September 2012

  1. Analysis

    Crisis in Spain highlights an increasing ‘employment divide’

    17 September 2012

    The wave of social unrest that has recently hit Spain is a reflection of the growing rural/urban and north/south divide in the country.

  2. Press release

    "Immediate and urgent change of policy needed", says Guy Ryder, Director-General elect of the ILO

    07 September 2012

    Assessing the employment situation in the EU at the European Commission’s Jobs for Europe conference on 6 and 7 September 2012, the ILO Director-General elect Guy Ryder said that the "drama of the European unemployment crisis" shows the need for a new policy approach. There is evidence "that the currently predominant mix of austerity and structural reforms is unacceptable and has produced negative results", he pointed out.

  3. Global Employment Outlook

    Youth unemployment getting even worse

    04 September 2012

    An ILO paper shows that the impact of the euro crisis is spreading as far afield as East Asia and Latin America, worsening the situation for many young jobseekers.

August 2012

  1. Event

    ILO at the 'Jobs for Europe' conference

    The European Commission organized on 6 and 7 September 2012 a major employment policy conference in Brussels. The ILO Director General elect called for an "immediate and urgent change of policy in the EU"

  2. Article

    Internships: Head start or labour trap?

    22 August 2012

    Internships can provide valuable work experience to young people. But as they become more common, so does the risk of abuse, especially during economic downturns. ILO News looks at the benefits and drawbacks of this practice.

  3. Article

    On course for decent shipping

    20 August 2012

    When the ILO adopted the Maritime Labour Convention in February 2006, Director-General Juan Somavia called it “making labour history”. Following the ratification by Russia and the Philippines, the Convention will come into force in 12 months’ time. What does this mean for the world’s 1.2 million seafarers?

  4. News

    Spain to gain from growth in green jobs

    17 August 2012

    An ILO-sponsored report shows that the green economy can help Spain beat the jobs crisis. The challenge is putting in place the right types of policies.

July 2012

  1. News

    Youth guarantees can boost Eurozone recovery

    12 July 2012

    The cost of programmes designed to help young people get a job, education or training stands at less than 0.5 per cent of government spending in the Eurozone, according to an ILO report issued on Wednesday 11 July. The rewards, however, are a lot higher.

  2. News

    Eurozone risks losing a further 4.5 million jobs

    11 July 2012

    A report by the ILO’s International Institute for Labour Studies says a concerted policy shift towards job creation is needed in order to reverse the heavy unemployment crisis affecting the single-currency area.

  3. Press release

    Forced labour: an EU problem

    10 July 2012

    New ILO estimates show forced labour is a serious issue in the European Union. Many countries are adopting increasing measures to tackle the problem, but more is needed when it comes to identifying and prosecuting criminals.