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  1. Checking your pay online Feeling underpaid? Check "Wage Indicator"!

    01 April 2005

    If one thing is certain, few people feel overpaid for their work. But many of us worry that we may be earning less than the next person. Usually, this is privileged information. Now, a new on-line service, "Wage Indicator on-line" is changing that. Journalist Andrew Bibby explains how offers new transparency to the age-old question of who earns what.

  2. Global Employment Trends 2004-2005 Global Report: More jobs, but not enough growth

    01 April 2005

    Despite robust economic growth, the global employment situation improved only slightly in 2004, with employment increasing and unemployment down marginally. The ILO's annual Global Employment Trends says employment creation is still a major challenge for policy makers.

  3. Promoting ILO Conventions and Recommendations The cooperatives experience

    01 April 2005

    The adoption of new ILO Conventions and Recommendations by the annual International Labour Conference typically follows many months and years of preparatory work and debate. What happens then, however, is not the end of a process but rather the beginning. This background brief explains how the practical work of promoting ILO Conventions and Recommendations begins as a way of ensuring that the words are translated into action.


    01 April 2005

    A regular review of the International Labour Organization and ILO-related activities and events taking place around the world.

  5. A tailor-made future for prosperity: Cambodia

    01 April 2005

    In the past few years, a great deal of progress has been made in improving the working conditions of textile factory workers in Cambodia. An ILO monitoring process has helped employers and workers create not only a safer working environment, but better working conditions. This article shows how this ILO project has lead to increases in productivity while boosting the credibility of the factories with international buyers.

  6. 7th European Regional Meeting In Europe and Central Asia, a newly expanded social agenda

    01 April 2005

    The European Region of the ILO is vast, spanning Europe and Central Asia from the Atlantic to the Pacific, as well as a diversity of cultures and societies. Despite this, the 50 member States of the European Region found common ground for "a common future of democracy, economic prosperity and social justice" at the 7th ILO European Regional Meeting held in Budapest from 14 to 18 February.

  7. Employment Services Centres in Afghanistan In Afghanistan, "Men who work, have no time to make war"

    30 March 2005

    An estimated 30 per cent of the Afghan work force is unemployed. In addition, approximately 100,000 ex-combatants are about to enter the labour market and hundreds of thousands of refugees are returning home. Though a vast majority (70-80 per cent) of them will return to their villages and find a livelihood in the agricultural sector, a considerable number will remain in urban areas and seek employment there, many without formal education and training. In response to the need for labour market services, the ILO in cooperation with the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs is establishing Employment Services Centres in Afghanistan.

  8. After the tsunami Rebuilding lives: A first step to rebuilding a community

    23 March 2005

    The Indian Ocean tsunami took some one million lives in Sri Lanka and Indonesia alone, mostly among fishing, tourism and small business workers. In Sri Lanka, the disaster also cost some half a million persons their jobs – adding to the 750,000 already out of work. An ILO survey says half of those newly unemployed could be back at work before the end of the year – if adequate aid for reconstruction and repair of shattered work places as well as replacement of lost equipment is given ( Note 1). This report shows what challenges remain.

  9. Labour inspectors: Killings in 2004 highlight the need for new preventive measures

    18 March 2005

    The killing of two labour inspectors in France and three inspectors and their driver in Brazil in the line of duty last year drew media headlines. But according to the ILO, these two extreme examples are only the tip of the iceberg as far as problems facing labour inspection are concerned. Last week, a high level ILO-European Union (EU) conference in Luxembourg called for a holistic approach to labour inspection which puts the workers' rights to decent working conditions into practice.

  10. 7th European Regional Meeting To survive means to succeed

    15 March 2005

    After the democratic changes in October 2000, the Serbian economy opened up to the world. As a consequence, many local companies were unable to compete with foreign companies and had to close down. In 2001, the ILO started a local economic development project in South West Serbia followed by a new, more comprehensive one in 2004 covering South East Serbia. Such local economic development initiatives in Europe and Central Asia were also discussed at the recent European Regional Meeting of the ILO in Budapest, on 14-18 February. Serbian journalist Andreja Tomasevic reports.