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April 2008

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    Luxembourg ratifies 20 ILO Instruments including 15 in the field of occupational safety and health

    08 April 2008

    The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has ratified 20 Instruments of the International Labour Organization – 18 conventions and 2 protocols, most of which are related to occupational safety and health. A combined ratification of such magnitude is relatively rare in the history of the ILO. As a result, Luxembourg has now ratified a hundred ILO Instruments.

  2. Article

    Conditional cash transfer programmes: a useful step in the fight against poverty

    08 April 2008

    Conditional cash transfer programmes constitute an important tool for reducing poverty and promoting social inclusion – two key objectives of the International Labour Organization. Mexico has one of the most successful programmes of this type, which was recently the focus of a seminar at the ILO headquarters in Geneva. But as it was clear from the discussion that followed, these programmes are not exempt from risks.

  3. Video

    Technical Cooperation at the ILO: Making Decent Work a Reality

    04 April 2008

    The International Labour Organization now conducts more than a 1,000 technical cooperation programs in over 80 countries with the help of some 60 donor institutions worldwide. By providing technical guidance on policy issues, and assistance in the design and implementation of development programs, ILO technical cooperation is helping to implement the Decent Work agenda at a national level, and make this concept a reality for all men and women.

  4. Video

    Out of Informality – Ghana’s Way to Decent Work

    02 April 2008

    In Ghana, local authorities are teaming up with informal workers to find solutions for reducing poverty and bringing decent work opportunities to their communities. It’s a new initiative that has been so successful in the two areas where it’s been trialed, that it’s going to be rolled out across Ghana in the months to come. ILO TV reports.

  5. Video

    A Banker for Sri Lankan Women: Rupa Manel Silva

    02 April 2008

    A new report from the International Labour Organization shows that economic empowerment for women is vital for equal participation of women and men in the labour market and equal access to obtaining decent work. In Sri Lanka, Rupa Manel Silva is leading the way with a bank run by women for women.

  6. Publication

    Modern-Day Slavehouse - Article originally published in the February 2008 edition of Rolling Stone Brazil magazine

    02 April 2008

    Brazilian employers using slave labor find support in the Congress to have their names off the so-called “Dirty List”.

  7. Publication

    No vacuum: Cleaning up cleaning contracts

    01 April 2008

    A hidden army of workers is at work each day cleaning the world’s office blocks. Many office staff never meet the people who empty their garbage and dust their desks, for cleaning contracts often specify that the work is to be undertaken out of normal work time, in the early morning or evening periods. Yet cleaners are an essential part of modern office life. Andrew Bibby reports.

  8. Publication

    We’re in business! From Better Factories to Better Work. World of Work looks at a country project that grew into a major global programme.

    01 April 2008

    The ILO’s work with the private sector is not new. But in recent years there have been some interesting developments in ILO support to companies in their CSR-related activities. World of Work looks at a country project that grew into a major global programme, and interviews Ros Harvey, the Better Work Global Programme Manager.

  9. Publication

    The Multinational Enterprises Declaration

    01 April 2008

    The story of the ILO’s Multinational Enterprises Declaration goes back more than three decades from before 1977, when it was formally adopted, to the end of the 1960s when the activities of multinationals were first beginning to attract serious attention – and, from some quarters, serious criticism.

  10. Publication

    Multinationals and socially responsible labour practices: Better business - Looking back, looking forward

    01 April 2008

    A major international forum in Geneva has marked the 30th anniversary of one of the first initiatives by the international community to put the social dimension into globalization. Andrew Bibby reports on a key tool to encourage multinational businesses to adopt socially responsible labour practices.