1. Informal economy work sees more working hours for men, less for women

    08 June 2007

    A new report from the ILO says that one in five workers worldwide work excessively long hours, up to 48 a week, often to merely make ends meet. The study also says women work shorter hours than men, most likely because they bear the brunt of responsibility for the unpaid work of taking care of the family and household.

  2. International Labour Conference - Speeches by Presidents of Chile and Ghana call Decent Work "a vital obligation" and ILO "an invaluable partner" in separate addresses(Original Version)

    04 June 2007

    Decent Work is "a vital obligation in every country and an ethical imperative for every nation", according to H.E. Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile as she addressed a special sitting of the 96th International Labour Conference. At a separate special sitting of the ILC, the delegates were told by H.E. John Agyekum Kufuor, President of Ghana that the ILO was an invaluable partner in reaching the country's development goals for 2015.

  3. Albanian Deputy Minister Mr. Kastriot Sulka elected as President of the 96th Session of the International Labour Conference

    01 June 2007

    The 96th Session of the International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland elected as President, Mr. Kastriot Sulka, Deputy Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities of Albania, along with delegates from Brazil, France and Switzerland as Vice Presidents. Mr. Sulka gave his first address as President of the ILC during a plenary session on Friday, June 1st 2007.

  4. ILO expert Philippe Egger reports on workers’ situation in Occupied Arab Territories - May 31, 2007

    31 May 2007

    Arab occupied territories have seen a rapid and drastic drop in average income levels unprecedented in economic history, according to a new report from the ILO on the occupied Arab territories. ILO expert Philippe Egger was part of the mission sent to the region to assess the impact on workers there.

  5. Afghanistan: Women Entrepreneurs

    26 March 2007

    Decades of conflict have crippled Afghanistan’s economy. But some Afghan women are taking their handicraft skills to the market and playing an active role in the country’s reconstruction and development as ILO TV reports:

  6. Burkina Faso: A New Life for Trafficked Children

    15 March 2007

    In Burkina Faso, the focus is on bus stations and bus drivers to help prevent children from being trafficked. Rescued children are given apprenticeships to ensure they won't be trafficked again.

  7. Sowing The Seeds Of Women’s Rights

    09 February 2007

    The cut flower industry in Tanzania and across East Africa is booming. Trade unionist Phillipina Mosha is training workers in the cut flower business to understand their labour rights, promote gender equality and improve safety and health in the workplace.

  8. Rebuilding Baphuon Temple in Angkor, Cambodia

    05 February 2007

    Tourists will soon be able to visit one of Angkor’s greatest treasures: the 11th century Baphuon temple. Now the temple is the centre of a huge archaeological reconstruction effort. Safety training means today’s Khmer construction workers are reclaiming this piece of their heritage without the dangers their ancestors faced.

  9. Global Employment Trends 2007 Press Conference

    24 January 2007

  10. Marinalva: Mobile Squad Labour Inspector

    12 January 2007

    Marinalva is a labour inspector, part of the Brazilian government team called the “mobile squad”. They inspect farms in remote parts of the country, rescuing workers from forced labour as ILO TV explains.

  11. Burkina Faso: Protecting the Environment by Profiting from Garbage

    12 January 2007

    Burkina Faso’s first plastic recycling centre is paving the way for a new kind of development project. It provides a money earner to the poor while tackling environmental pollution. Local industry also benefits – the recycled plastic granules cost half the price of importing new plastic from abroad.

  12. Bulgaria: Joining the European Union

    12 January 2007

    As Bulgaria joins the European Union, it must enforce tougher safety and health standards. To avoid having to pay out big compensation benefits, Bulgarian employers are looking more towards preventing accidents before they happen by setting up a safety and health monitoring service. ILO TV explains:

  13. Peruvian Culture: A Tool For Development

    27 November 2006

    The restoration of colonial churches and the development of religious tourism is bringing new economic activity to poor parts of Northern Lima. The benefits of cultural projects for development are twofold; not only can they help alleviate poverty, they also strengthen cultural identity.

  14. The Sweet Taste of Success

    19 October 2006

    Out of the destruction and tragedy of the December 2004 Tsunami, people like Asriana have overcome grief and financial ruin to start life anew. A business training course run by the ILO in Banda Aceh, has helped Asriana develop her business skills and turn a donut-making enterprise into a success.

  15. Zero tolerance for violence against children in the workplace - Video interview with Frans Roselaers (Part 3)

    12 October 2006

    Frans Roselaers describes the risk of violence that legally working young people face and how children can protect themselves against violence in the workplace. (Part 3 of 3 videos)

  16. Zero tolerance for violence against children in the workplace - Video interview with Frans Roselaers (Part 2)

    12 October 2006

    Child labourers face the risk of violence in work where they are hidden from view, such as domestic work, or in illegal situations, says Frans Roselaers. (Part 2 of 3 videos.)

  17. Zero tolerance for violence against children in the workplace - Video interview with Frans Roselaers (Part 1)

    12 October 2006

    Frans Roselaers, Director of the ILO's Department of Partnerships and Development Cooperation, talks about the global challenge to raise awareness about violence against working children. (Part 1 of 3 videos)

  18. Informal Gold Mining in Mongolia

    11 October 2006

    Severe drought and heavy loss of livestock have led traditional Mongolian herders to mine gold in order to survive. Their work is hazardous and illegal. A new law has been proposed to help improve the working conditions of 100,000 informal gold miners.

  19. Peru: Ayacucho

    10 October 2006

    In Peru, a group of women are using their traditional skills to update a perennial fashion favourite: The Converse hi-top sneaker. They’re not only giving the well-known brand a boost: they are also giving themselves a step up on the income ladder by creating sustainable new jobs for their region. ILO TV explains.

  20. Child Labour: A Day in the Life

    10 October 2006

    Vulnerable children are open to exploitation that knows no borders. The huge wage gap between Eastern and Western Europe has led to increased migration and a rise in trafficking. However change is on its way. This reality may be bleak but improvements have been made. With enough time, effort, and the will to succeed these children can look forward to a brighter future.