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April 2012

  1. Press release

    World of Work report 2012: International Labour Organization sees Europe stuck in austerity trap

    30 April 2012

    According the ILO’s “World of Work Report 2012: Better Jobs for a Better Economy”, despite signs that economic growth has resumed in some regions, the global employment situation is alarming and shows no sign of recovery in the near future. This worsening situation reflects the austerity trap in advanced economies, primarily in Europe.

  2. Press release

    Towards an inclusive and green economy: Flanders, ILO and SERV stress the importance of green jobs

    23 April 2012

    Investing in skills development, anticipating labour market changes and promoting social dialogue: these are considered crucial conditions in a just transition towards a green and sustainable economy. These elements were highlighted as crucial for the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, during a Green Jobs Conference jointly organized by the Government of Flanders, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Social and Economic Council of Flanders (SERV).

March 2012

  1. News

    ILO, EU and Tunisia sign ambitious programme on employment creation

    30 March 2012

    On 30 March 2012, the International Labour Office, the European Union and Tunisia signed an ambitious programme aiming at promoting employment creation through labour intensive public works in disadvantaged regions and urban areas in Tunisia.

  2. News

    ILO-Brussels organised a Consultation on “Decent Work for youth – the EU dimension”

    28 March 2012

    The ILO Consultation, hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), brought together the European Youth Forum, the EU social partners, the EESC, European Commission, Danish EU Council Presidency, EU Member States and political groups at the European Parliament. The outcomes of the consultation will feed into the ILO Global Youth Employment Forum in May 2012, the June 2012 International Labour Conference and the on-going EU debates.

  3. News

    UN responds to EC Consultation on social protection in development cooperation

    28 March 2012

    The ILO Office contributed significantly to the consolidated response by the UN team in Brussels to the "European Commission (EC) Public Consultation: Social Protection in EU Development Cooperation".

  4. News

    Preparations for the June 2012 International Labour Conference on Social Protection Floors

    28 March 2012

    The ILO Office complemented the UN response to the EC public consultation on social protection in development cooperation with an ILO response, taking into account the ILO tripartite structure and the upcoming discussion at the June 2012 International Labour Conference (ILC) regarding a Recommendation on Social Protection Floors. The ILO Office requested the EU development cooperation to take account of the outcome of the 2012 ILC in order to benefit from any possible Recommendation.

  5. Press release

    ILO Governing Body pays tribute to victims of bus crash

    19 March 2012

    At the start of the 313th session of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization, its members observed one minute of silence as a mark of respect for the victims of the tragic bus accident in Sierre, Switzerland.

  6. Document

    New ILO Working Paper: "Social dialogue and collective bargaining in times of crisis: The case of Greece"

    08 March 2012

    This paper is part of a series of national studies on collective bargaining and effective responses to the crisis under the Global Product on ‘Supporting collective bargaining and sound industrial relations’. It analyses the profound impacts of the financial crisis on industrial relations institutions and practices in Greece. A series of austerity measures have been put in place through new legislation. These include prohibition of salary increases, cuts in pay and benefits for public-sector employees, limits on public-sector hiring, increases in VAT and other taxes, changes in the limitations on mass layoffs and levels of severance compensation payments, and introduction of sub-minimum wages for new entrants to the labour market and those who are on apprenticeships.

February 2012

  1. News

    Global Employment Trends 2012: World faces a 600 million jobs challenge

    10 February 2012

    On the eve of the World Economic Forum in Davos and a week before the EU Summit on 30 January 2012 in Brussels, the International Labour Organization (ILO) publishes its annual flagship report on global employment: “Global Employment Trends 2012: Preventing a deeper jobs crisis”.

  2. News

    The social protection floor at the European Parliament

    09 February 2012

    In January 2012, the Green Group at the European Parliament (EP) organised a Conference Debate on Social Protection. ILO-Brussels presented the ILO’s initiatives on strengthening the coverage of social protection as a response to the financial, economic and social crisis.