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  1. XVIIth World Congress on Occupational Safety and Health Hitting Close to Home: Workplace Safety Experts to meet in the aftermath of Katrina

    20 September 2005

    The XVIIth World Congress on Occupational Safety and Health that gets underway in Orlando, Florida this week will focus on the plight of workers worldwide who die or become ill due to work-related causes. But in the aftermath of the devastating Katrina hurricane, the implicit physical and emotional dangers faced by rescue and recovery workers on the ground several hundred miles from here is expected to provide a sobering perspective at the Congress. ILO on line reports.

  2. Airport check-in workers: little gain but lots of pain

    20 September 2005

    In today's high-cost, low-budget and passenger-intense air travel wars, check-in workers are the front line troops in the airlines' battle for survival. And like anyone exposed in battle, they're also the first to suffer. A recently published ILO study ( Note 1) shows a serious loss of productivity and a dramatic burden of pain and violence besets check-in workers, and offers strategies for improving the situation.

  3. UN World Summit 14-16 September 2005 "Restoring dignity through work" - Employment-intensive approaches to economic recovery in Africa

    16 September 2005

    Across Africa, ILO programmes have helped 25 countries put employment at the centre of public investment and poverty reduction. They are part of the ILO Decent Work Agenda and contribute directly to the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the global fight against poverty. ILO on line reports from Somalia where the Organization, along with other United Nations agencies, is currently working to help rebuild the economy after years of conflict.

  4. Decent work for all seafarers: ILO-IMO prepare new guidelines on death, injury and abandonment

    16 September 2005

    Globalization, complex vessel ownership and flagging, and multinational crewing have made it more pressing than ever to create guidelines for speedy and humane treatment of seafarers caught in unforeseen difficulties. A joint working group of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the ILO will discuss such guidelines on 19-21 September in London.

  5. UN World Summit 14-16 September 2005 Working out of poverty in Russia

    15 September 2005

    Despite the Russian Federation's recovery from financial collapse in 1998, official statistics show that almost one person out of five still lives in poverty. What's more, a high percentage of those living in poverty are Russia's so-called 'working poor': at least half actually have jobs. ILO on line reports from Russia's North West where the ILO recently launched a project to promote employment and reduce poverty.

  6. UN World Summit 14-16 September 2005 Indigenous people in Papua: Working out of poverty and promoting human security

    13 September 2005

    Papua is one of the poorest provinces in Indonesia. The 2004 Indonesia Millennium Development Goals (MDG) report indicates that the percentage of people living below the national poverty line in Papua is 41.8 per cent, compared to 18.2 per cent for the whole country. Up to 74 per cent of the population are indigenous peoples, living in isolated areas with little access to social and economic facilities and services to fulfil their most basic needs. The ILO recently launched a three-year project to tackle poverty, discrimination and promote human security among indigenous peoples in the Indonesian province.

  7. Starting a new life: business training for women prisoners in Tajikistan

    07 September 2005

    This year the ILO's Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) programme celebrates its tenth anniversary in Central Asia. Thousands of trainees have profited from the programme so far. Olga Bogdonova from the ILO Moscow office reports from Tajikistan where 60 women serving prison terms received training under the programme since April 2005.

  8. Gold rush in Mongolia: when shepherds become "ninjas"

    02 September 2005

    Mining and mineral production, particularly gold mining, account for more than 50 per cent of Mongolia's industrial output and more than 60 per cent of the country's export revenues. Half of the country's gold production comes from the informal mining activities of the so-called "ninjas". They are unemployed miners or traditional Mongolian herder families that have been unable to continue their semi-nomadic lifestyle due to loss of livestock caused by severe winters. The ILO and the Mongolian Employers' Federation (MONEF) assist in promoting the formalization of the informal mining sector, including safer and more productive mining activities and the elimination of child labour.

  9. New chemicals, old risks: why careful monitoring must be maintained

    26 August 2005

    Potentially harmful chemicals permeate today's workplaces. While the number of chemicals used in industry now exceeds 50,000, an additional 500 new chemicals are introduced in industry every year. The toll from chemical exposure is heavy - the ILO estimates that of the 2 million work-related fatalities, 439,000 are caused by chemicals, and of the 160 million cases of work-related disease, 35 million are due to chemicals. A new ILO publication says the toxicity of new chemicals must be checked for safety and health more carefully before marketing. The 17th World Congress on Safety and Health at Work will address safety and health of chemicals during a special session on 19 September 2005.

  10. International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition Invisible prisoners: The trafficking and exploitation of Chinese immigrants in France

    18 August 2005

    According to an ILO study, some 50,000 illegal Chinese immigrants living in France are easy prey to exploitation through forced labour. Resulting from major economic and social change in China, the movement has been growing for the past ten years, with more than 6,000 Chinese immigrants arriving each year in Paris and the surrounding region. Victims of trafficking, at the end of their dangerous journey through transit countries where they run the risk of racketeering, violence and sometimes death, the migrants have little choice but to integrate themselves into a parallel ethnic economy where they can remain trapped for years, mainly in the clothing and catering sectors. The report describes this inhuman and invisible life, in the words of the Chinese migrants themselves, following a survey conducted in close collaboration with the French authorities.