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March 2006

  1. Article

    Offshoring and job losses:Is the rising international integration of products and services good for labour markets in the developed world?

    27 March 2006

    We live in a world where more and more products and services are composed of parts sourced from all over the globe. This could symbolize that labour markets all over the world profit from globalization. However, job losses and the degradation of working conditions in the industrialized world have been blamed on globalization, internationalization and offshoring of work, but is this true? A new ILO publication analyzes trends and patterns in the internationalization of employment, and argues that while winners might outnumber losers over the long term, policies for losers are of utmost importance for a fair globalization to progress. ILO Online spoke with ILO employment analyst Peter Auer.

  2. Video

    France: Food at Work

    23 March 2006

    Rising levels of obesity in France and other Western countries, means a less healthy, less productive workforce. But at the Peugeot-Citroen factory in Rennes, France, downsizing the workforce has taken on a very different and healthier meaning. ILO TV explains.

  3. Article

    "Looking for greener pastures": Nurses and doctors on the move

    16 March 2006

    The global health care profession employs an estimated 100 million people, but is not attracting enough new recruits in both developed and developing countries alike. So fierce is the competition to secure scarce health care professionals, that private recruitment agencies stage promotional events and aggressive recruitment campaigns in supplying countries. A recent ILO study examines these shortages of health care professionals and the role played by private recruitment agencies in the flows of international migration.

  4. Article

    Labour migration in the twenty-first century: E Pluribus, Unum?

    10 March 2006

    The world's 90 million migrant workers constitute 3 per cent of the global workforce, and migrant experiences range from red carpet welcomes for some computer programmers to detention and deportation for some apprehended unauthorized workers. What can be done to ensure that international labour migration is a force for global betterment? A recent study, co-authored by two ILO experts presents a comprehensive analysis of the causes and effects of labour migration.

  5. Video

    French Woman Boxer

    05 March 2006

    World light welterweight champion Myriam Lamare is passionate that women have a place in boxing and has several championship belts to prove it. As a professional boxer, she has overcome the gender barriers and earned the titles, but in a profession still dominated by men, she is far from a million-dollar baby. ILO TV explains.

February 2006

  1. Article

    International Women's Day 2006: More, but not always better jobs for women in Latin America

    28 February 2006

    With 33 million women joining the labour market between 1990 and 2004, women now represent 40 per cent of the economically active population in urban areas in Latin America. A recent detailed ILO study of progress achieved in women's labour force participation shows mixed results in terms of access to quality jobs, unemployment, remuneration and social protection. ILO Online reports from Bolivia where women's rights activist Casimira Rodriguez Romero was recently appointed Minister of Justice and Human Rights.

  2. Article

    Maritime Session of the International Labour Conference (7-23 February 2006): "labour history": ILO adopts new consolidated maritime Convention

    23 February 2006

    The consolidated Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 adopted by the ILO today is a ground-breaking, comprehensive global legal instrument concerning maritime labour standards for the world's ship owners, seafarers and maritime nations. The new Convention will not only address the need for decent working conditions for the world's more than 1.2 million seafarers, but may also provide the impetus and support for similar innovative and balanced approaches in other sectors. ILO Online spoke with Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, Director of the ILO's International Labour Standards Department, about the new Convention.

  3. Article

    Sharing profit, knowledge and power: Worker-owned businesses

    21 February 2006

    The number of employee-owned businesses such as John Lewis in the United Kingdom where the share capital is held for the benefit of the workforce remains relatively small. However, a recent ILO publication ( Note 1), suggests that this form of company structure is both successful in business terms and more widely applicable. Andrew Bibby reports for ILO Online from London.

  4. Article

    Sharing profit, knowledge and power: Worker-owned businesses

    21 February 2006

    The number of employee-owned businesses such as John Lewis in the United Kingdom where the share capital is held for the benefit of the workforce remains relatively small. However, a recent ILO publication ( Note 1), suggests that this form of company structure is both successful in business terms and more widely applicable. Andrew Bibby reports for ILO Online from London.

  5. Article

    Skill is power: broadening partnerships to promote youth employment

    13 February 2006

    According to ILO estimates, nearly half of the world's more than 190 million unemployed people are under the age of 24. A target of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals is to give young people a chance to find decent and productive work. ILO Online reports from Jamaica where the National Training Agency and the Jamaica Employers' Federation (JEF) promote learning opportunities and skills young people can use when they get out of school.