ILO Budapest Newsletter 2019 November

This issue reports on ILO programme results in the Central and Eastern European region, introduces new projects, features new publications and new staff. News on ITUC Global Rights Index and a wage campaign to increase wages in the Balkans.

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Scaling up social dialogue in the Western Balkans
The ILO interviewed Lluís Prats, DG Employment, EU Commission, and Kemal Purišić, Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Montenegro about the progress made and challenges ahead in tripartite social dialogue in the Western Balkans.   

What did North Macedonia learn from reforming the minimum wage? 
New ILO study on the impact of minimum wage reform in North Macedonia provides encouraging findings.

The Youth Guarantee in the Western Balkans: five lessons to learn from the case of North Macedonia

North Macedonia was the first non-EU country to introduce a fully-fledged youth guarantee to offer employment, education or training within four months of becoming unemployed or leaving education.

Peaceful settlement of labour disputes is a faster and cheaper way of coming to an agreement 
We interviewed two members of the Network of Peaceful Resolution of Labour Disputes in the Balkans to get an update on their experience and developmental needs. 

ILO helps expand mine safety training in the Donetsk region of Ukraine 
ILO trained 40 safety experts in Eastern Ukraine to minimize occupational risks in mines.


Economic and Social Affairs Platform in the Western Balkans 2.   
The second phase of the regional cooperation project will target informal employment and undeclared work, labour inspection and social dialogue, with EU funding.

Towards safe, healthy and declared work in Ukraine
The project funded by the European Union focuses on improved compliance with key International Labour Standards on occupational safety and health and undeclared work.

Access to justice in labour disputes through mediation and conciliation in Albania 
The new ILO project funded by the Government of Sweden aims to improve justice for all through peaceful settlement of labour disputes.


ITUC Global Rights Index shows workers' rights are frequently violated in Central and Eastern Europe 
New ITUC report points out CEE has a long way to go before workers can access rights laid down in international labour standards. Yet, there are positive developments.

ITUC wage campaign steps up efforts to increase wages in the Balkans 
While productivity has grown across Central and Eastern Europe in the past decade, wages have not kept pace. ITUC launched a campaign to support trade unions in achieving better wages.


The enabling environment for sustainable enterprises in North Macedonia (English, Macedonian)

Assessment of the economic impacts of the 2017 increse in the minimum wage in North Macedonia


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Six new staff members joined.