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August 2004

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    The new seafarers ID: questions and answers

    26 August 2004

    On the high seas and in the world's ports 1.2 million maritime workers handle 90 per cent of the world's trade. Before the end of this year some of them could bring along with their personal luggage a new Seafarers Identity Document (SID). The SID uses a biometric verification system created in the framework of a new Convention of the International Labour Organization (ILO). The Convention has now received enough ratifications to come into force.

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    Bangladesh: Minding her own business

    13 August 2004

    In tribal areas of Bangladesh, women generally follow a traditional way of life and it’s the men who go out to work or go into commerce. But increasing numbers of women are getting help from programmes supported by the International Labour Organization and setting up and running their own businesses, ILO TV now reports.

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    A high road to management and human resources development: High Performance Teams

    06 August 2004

    ILO official Peter van Rooij worked 14 months in a factory as part of an exchange of staff between the International Labour Office (ILO) and the French company Michelin. His challenge? To help them move from a "Taylorist" management style to High Performance Team Management.

July 2004

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    AIDS in India: "Work is more than medicine to us"

    23 July 2004

    Among the issues highlighted at the recent XVth International AIDS Conference in Bangkok was the fact that the ability to continue working provides a vital lifeline for people living with HIV/AIDS. But maintaining a regular job is not always so easy. A new ILO study shows that in India, people living with HIV/AIDS and their families suffer drastic income cuts. Amid rising household expenditures, families compromise on education and face mounting debts. Recognizing the challenge, the ILO is working on bold initiatives to tackle the epidemic directly at the workplace.

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    20 July 2004

    Access for all has been the theme of the AIDS conference in Bangkok this week. According to a new report from the International Labour Office, most of those infected are of working age, and some companies are finding that the workplace may be an effective way to reach those with HIV and their families. ILO TV reports:

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    Delivering treatment for HIV/AIDS in the workplace: the ILO role An interview with Franklyn Lisk, Director, ILO/AIDS

    13 July 2004

    At the XVth International AIDS Conference (Bangkok 11-16 July), the AIDS programme of the International Labour Office (ILO) is launching a new report on "HIV/AIDS and work: global estimates, impact and response". Franklyn Lisk, Director of the ILO Global Programme on HIV/AIDS and the World of Work talks about the ILO report and the expanded response of the ILO to AIDS in the workplace.

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    12 July 2004

    Coal mining is a difficult, dangerous job, rarely associated with good labour relations. But at one of the largest mines in Indonesia, natural resources are being exploited by a human resources director who puts people first. She enlisted the help of the International Labour Organization in training workers about their rights. As ILO TV now reports, the mine has seen output soar.

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    Responding to the needs for governance of globalization is a priority for the ILO, says Philippe Séguin, newly elected chairman of the ILO Governing Body

    07 July 2004

    Following the 92nd session of the International Labour Conference, the former French minister of social affairs, Philippe Séguin, was elected chairman of the Governing Body of the International Labour Office. Mr. Séguin, government delegate of France to the ILO since 2002, was elected by the 56 members of the Governing Body representing governments and employers' and workers' organizations.

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    Cooperatives and trade unions from the North and the South join to promote decent work

    05 July 2004

    They range from small-scale to multi-million dollar businesses across the globe, employ some 100 million women and men and have more than 800 million individual members. Cooperatives play an important role in integrating unprotected workers in the informal economy into mainstream economic life. On this International Day of Cooperatives, cooperative enterprises worldwide make fair globalization a reality. Here are some examples of recent ILO activities aimed at creating decent jobs and reducing poverty around the globe.

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    Danger at sea - Working in the fishing sector

    02 July 2004

    As fish and shellfish become increasingly important as a source of protein, the fishing industry has grown considerably. This growth, however, hasn't come without a cost - in terms of working conditions and occupational safety - to the estimated 35 million full and part-time workers in the fishing sector. To address this, delegates to this year's 92nd International Labour Conference took the first steps toward adopting new international labour standards for what is one of the world's most dangerous professions. Here, in question and answer format, are basic facts about the fishing sector and what the ILO can do to improve conditions there.