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May 2005

  1. Article

    Africa: insecurities compound poverty

    11 May 2005

    JOHANNESBURG - Africa has suffered greater economic insecurity and instability than any other region of the world during the past decade and half. According to a recent ILO report presented at last month's annual meeting of the African Union Labour and Social Affairs Commission, among the 23 African countries for which adequate data are available, 19 fall in the category "much-to-be-done", facing tremendous challenges in terms of policy reforms, building capacity and delivering results. An interview with Guy Standing, Director of the ILO Socio-Economic Security Programme.

  2. Video


    07 May 2005

    In the former Soviet Union, movement of workers was strictly controlled. But today’s Russia is seeing a growing phenomenon of labour migration, especially from some of the poorest former Soviet republics. But as ILO TV finds out, the life of a migrant worker is not an easy one.

  3. Video


    05 May 2005

    The Japanese government has brought in new rules to crack down on entertainment visas which have been widely used to bring women into the country to work in the sex industry. Tens of thousands of foreign women work in bars and clubs in Japan, some of them against their will, according to a report by the International Labour Organization.

  4. Video


    05 May 2005

    An ILO study detailed 42 cases of forced labour in Germany, where migrant workers in particular find themselves tricked into situations where they are forced to work for low pay – or no pay. ILO TV reports from Germany on a new union set up especially for workers away from home.

April 2005

  1. Article

    World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2005 ILO project aims to take some of the strain from Viet Nam's farmers

    26 April 2005

    The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is held on 28 April each year. A key focus this year is on the prevention of work-related accidents and ill-health. Bangkok based journalist Sam Taylor reports from Viet Nam where a recently tested ILO project aims to give agricultural workers the skills to improve safety on farms in Viet Nam.

  2. Article

    World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2005 Promoting construction safety in Cambodia: Prevention is far better than cure

    25 April 2005

    There are annually at least 60,000 fatal accidents on construction sites around the world, according to an ILO report published for World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2005. The focus of this year's World Day to be held on 28 April is on the prevention of work-related accidents and ill-health, particularly in the construction sector. Phnom Penh-based journalist Bronwyn Sloan reports from construction sites in Cambodia.

  3. Article

    The Global Social Trust: Health Insurance in Ghana

    25 April 2005

    As part of its campaign to improve and extend social security to all, the ILO has launched the idea of a Global Social Trust that links developed and developing countries to kick-start social protection schemes in the latter. In Luxembourg, the largest trade union confederation, the Onofhängege Gewerkschaftsbond Lëtzebuerg (OGB-L), the Government and the ILO have set up a pilot project to start the collection of voluntary contributions from working people in that country. The resulting trust funds will be used to support a new national health insurance system in Ghana.

  4. Article

    After the tsunami Preventing child exploitation in Aceh

    15 April 2005

    The Indonesian province of Banda Aceh was the worst hit by the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami on 26 December 2004. Among the victims of the disaster are many children between the ages of 15-17 who survived the initial disaster, but are now living in camps for displaced persons. To prevent child labour and exploitation of these children, the ILO launched a new training programme in the province in March.

  5. Article

    After the tsunami In Thailand, the tourist industry fights back

    11 April 2005

    The December tsunami hit Thailand's tourist resorts and beaches hard, both in human terms as well as in lost incomes and livelihoods. Now, the tourist industry is making a comeback. Journalist Clifford Coonan looks at how the job situation is faring, and what the ILO and Thai authorities are doing to boost reconstruction.

  6. Publication

    After the Tsunami: In the wake of the disaster, ILO helps rebuild lives and livelihoods

    01 April 2005

    The massive earthquake and Tsunami that hit Asia last December left hundreds of thousands dead. What's more, an estimated 4 million people in India, Indonesia, the Maldives, Malaysia, Myanmar, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Somalia and Thailand faced the loss of their livelihoods and the risk of sinking deeper into poverty. The ILO has launched a number of programmes to help people rebuild their livelihoods.