29 January 2020
In 2017, the Ukrainian Government adopted a pension reform that increased the level of pensions in payment but severely restricted future pensions. After three years’ implementation of the reform, it is time to assess the impact of the changes and what needs to be done for deciding the future of Ukraine’s pension system. In addition, the newly elected government is planning to introduce a second pension pillar based on individual accounts and managed by private pension funds.
22 January 2020
How many TVET graduates found a stable job? Are they working in a job they are qualified for? How many graduates are unemployed or inactive? How relevant and effective was the training?
HIV/AIDS at the workplace
21 January 2020
Ukraine remains among the European countries most affected by HIV and AIDS. Every day, fifty people get infected and ten die from AIDS. The epidemic is driven by key populations: partly by people who inject drugs, but the prevailing cause has been sexual transmission over the last decade. The spread of HIV is also fueled by stigma and discrimination based on real or perceived HIV status. This is why ILO has been working on HIV/AIDS in the world of work.
"Social dialogue is the best tool to balance conflicting interests" -- Interview with Angel Dimitrov, President of the Organization of Employers of Macedonia (OEM)
20 December 2019
ILO asked Mr Dimitrov to assess how social dialogue works in North Macedonia from the employers’ perspective.
02 December 2019
As the year slowly draws to a close, it also invites a pause for reflection to take stock and look ahead. With electoral tests facing several governments in the Western Balkans in 2020 (North Macedonia and Serbia being cases in point), many policy makers will be asked to report back on the progress made in tackling the complex youth employment challenges in the region. Hard-pressed to interpret conflicting signals from the labour market and asked to respond to a certain level of dissatisfaction from employers dealing with labour and skills shortages, decision-makers need to provide fact-based and substantiated answers: Is youth employment really improving in the region?
20 November 2019
Interview with Mr. Arben Seferaj, General Director of State Labour and Social Issues Inspectorate, Albania.
Balkan network of labour dispute agencies
08 November 2019
In October 2019, in Zlatibor, Serbia, the Agencies for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes of Montenegro, North Macedonia, the Republika Srpska-Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which sets the basis for joint terminology and principles for settling labour disputes out of court. Over the last eight years (2010-18), the agencies dealt with about 38,000 cases and resolved 65% of them.
07 November 2019
In 2017, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) launched a global wage campaign to support trade union action to increase wages. Most of the activities had taken place in Asia, Latin America and Africa so far. In July 2019, ITUC extended the wage campaign to the Balkans. The new regional action unfolds in cooperation between ITUC and its regional structure for East and Southeast Europe, the Pan European Regional Council (PERC), supported by the ILO.
Occupational safety and health
06 November 2019
Economic and Social Affairs Platform
25 October 2019
The Economic and Social Councils of the Western Balkans, the EU Commission, the Regional Cooperation Council and the ILO met at a high-level meeting to assess the progress made and the challenges ahead in efficient tripartite social dialogue in the region. The meeting, held on 24-25 September, 2019 in Skopje, North Macedonia, was the closing event for phase one of the Economic and Social Affairs Platform project, funded by the European Union. The project is about to launch its second cycle to move forward social dialogue and to combat undeclared work. We interviewed two participants from different walks of life to understand their perception of the status of social dialogue and to talk to them about their contributions and future challenges.