All ILO Newsroom content

May 2003

  1. Article

    ILO: Travel woes: tourism and travel jobs suffer new decline

    23 May 2003

    Since January of 2002, when the ILO first reported major job losses in the travel and tourism sector due to post-September 11 economic woes and security concerns, the sector  is facing new problems. The recent outbreak of SARS has further cut into the sector, axing more jobs. ILO analyst Dirk Belau answers questions about the problems facing the sector.

  2. Article

    After the G8: ILO discussion on security for seafarers takes on new urgency

    23 May 2003

    The just-ended G8 meeting in Evian, France, cited the need to work urgently through the ILO to develop a heightened security regime for the world's 1.2 million seafarers. Since the 9/11 attacks, the need for secure and internationally agreed identity documents for seafarers has become even more important to ocean-going trade and commerce, as their freedom of movement comes under greater scrutiny or is denied altogether. Discussions at this year's International Labour Conference will seek agreement on new security measures for seafarers that could be implemented as early as June 2004.

  3. Article

    ILO: Work hazards kill millions, cost billions

    23 May 2003

    Workers, employers and governments are marking the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. In a new report, the ILO says the annual cost to the global economy is a staggering 1.25 thousand billion (trillion). This report outlines the occupational safety and health crisis and explains how it can be dealt with.

  4. Article

    ILO: Workplace discrimination, a picture of hope and concern

    23 May 2003

    A new ILO report on discrimination at work - the most comprehensive to date - says workplace discrimination remains a persistent global problem, with new, more subtle forms emerging. While significant progress in combatting inequalities at the workplace is cause for hope, the report says new forms of discrimination are cause for growing concern.

  5. Article

    ILO concern: the unbearable fate of child soldiers

    23 May 2003

    Among the voiceless victims of the worst forms of child labour are child soldiers - or children who fight - for whatever reason - or provide various forms of support in conflicts. Many of these children face not only the dangers of combat, but suffer physical abuse or rape at the hands of their fellow combatants. A recent conference organized by the US Department of Labor (USDOL) in Washington highlighted the plight of child soldiers, and announced a $13 million programme to rehabilitate them - including $7 million to develop comprehensive strategies with the ILO.

  6. Article

    Employment in the utilities sector continues to decline

    23 May 2003

    Mergers and acquisitions in the water, electricity and gas services have resulted in a continuous employment decline in most countries since 1985, according to a new report by the International Labour Office (ILO) to be discussed at a "Tripartite Meeting on Challenges and Opportunities Facing Public Utilities" here on 19-23 May 2003.

April 2003

  1. Video


    12 April 2003

    A new study from the International Labour Office finds discrimination in the workplace is rampant and that new forms are emerging. In Eastern Europe, unemployment rates are particularly high for the disabled and are a particular cause for concern, as ILO TV reports.

March 2003

  1. Video

    Danger: Children working – Guatemala fireworks industry

    20 March 2003

    More than 80 million children worldwide are employed in dangerous work, International Labour Organization figures show. In Guatemala, many work in the fireworks industry, but as ILO TV now reports, the challenge is to find poor families alternative sources of income.

February 2003

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    13 February 2003

    An international conference in Washington this week (May 7-8) organized by the US Department of Labour will highlight the plight of child soldiers. More than 300 000 youngsters under 18 are fighting in conflicts all around the world. A report from the International Labour Organization, or ILO, looks at some of the roots of the problem and measures needed to help former combatants return to normal life.

January 2003

  1. Publication

    Current Maritime Labour Law Issues - An Internationally Uniform Identity Document for Seafarers

    01 January 2003

    This article reviews the achievements of the recently adopted Convention on Seafarers’ Identity Documents (Revised) 2003, (No.185) adopted by the International Labour Conference of the International Labour Organization. (First published in the World Maritime University Journal of Maritime Affairs, 2003, Vol. 2, No. 2. Reproduced with permission).