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June 2004

  1. Article

    Shackled dreams, lost learning: The costs of child domestic labour

    09 June 2004

    They are the hidden face of child labour. In Latin America, nearly 2 million girls are child domestic labourers. Like millions of other children employed outside of their family homes - often in abusive, exploitative conditions - they form a vast, cadre who are hidden behind closed doors, can't go to school and face a lost childhood. This year's World Day Against Child Labour focuses on their plight, and their hopes for the future.

  2. Publication

    China Employment Forum: Focus on decent work for all

    01 June 2004

    At a recent employment forum, China and the ILO adopted a "common understanding" aimed at forging greater cooperation to create more and better jobs as the key to continued development in the world's most populous country. The statement also called on international organizations to actively support putting employment at the centre of their strategies and policies for reducing poverty, and it resolved to extend cooperation between China and the ILO around the Decent Work Agenda on a range of labour market and workplace issues.

  3. Publication

    World Day Against Child Labour: New report highlights plight of children working as domestic labourers

    01 June 2004

    Millions of children - there is no fixed number - work night and day outside of their family homes, toiling as domestic child labourers - fetching water, minding infants, cleaning the house or tending the garden. Nearly all are exploited, exposed to hazardous work and subject to abuse. All, without exception, are at risk because of the very nature of child domestic labour. This year's World Day Against Child Labour sheds new light on these children and what can be done to help them.

  4. Publication

    Globalization: The quest for a level playing field ILO considers action for fair globalization

    01 June 2004

    The report of the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization, "A fair globalization: Creating opportunities for all" ( Note 1), called for an "urgent rethink" in the way globalization is governed. At the recent 289th Session of the ILO Governing Body, members held a lively discussion on the report, providing further indicators of the road forward - a subject at the forefront of this year's International Labour Conference.

  5. Publication

    The new postal sector: Why "snail mail" still matters

    01 June 2004

    How did this copy of World of Work reach you? If it's a printed copy, the answer is likely to be simple - through the postal services. Despite today's high-speed electronic mail, so-called "snail mail" still reaches an enormous number of people and provides some five million jobs worldwide. This article explains why the post still matters.

  6. Publication

    From cockle pickers to computer programmers: New approaches for migrant workers

    01 June 2004

    In February 2004, 20 Chinese citizens were drowned on the coast of northwest England while picking cockles (a speciality shellfish). The workers were irregular migrants, employed by an organized gang. Their fate highlighted the precariousness of many migrants' existence, their exposure to exploitation, and the need for action to regulate migration around the world. While some migrants are able to secure employment in hi-tech or similarly skilled professions, many must accept exploitation with no legal protection, in order to survive. This year's International Labour Conference is to discuss the issue and what the ILO and its member States can do about it.

  7. Publication

    "Do no harm": How social dialogue benefits patients, too

    01 June 2004

    Today's under-resourced health services are putting both workers and patients at risk. But with "quick-fix" solutions unfeasible, how to address this global problem? ILO expert Susan Maybud explains how increased cooperation between workers, employers and governments will not only benefit those working in the health services, but their patients as well.

  8. Publication

    Second Global Report on freedom of association and collective bargaining

    01 June 2004

    Freedom of association and collective bargaining are called fundamental rights in the workplace for good reason. These are the rights which make it possible for both workers and employers to join together to promote their interests and to defend other rights. The ILO Constitution upholds these rights, and they are set out in core Conventions. But what is their status in the world today? The second ILO Global Report on freedom of association and collective bargaining, Organizing for Social Justice, delivers a message of cautious optimism.

May 2004

  1. Article

    Getting out of the "poor man's mine shaft": How Poland faces globalization and EU accession

    28 May 2004

    Poland and the other new members of the European Union are jumping on a fast moving train. Will other newcomers be able to do the same? That was the subject of a meeting of workers, employers and governments from Nordic and Baltic States and Poland in Vilnius on 14 May, held to discuss regional aspects of globalization and EU accession, and how they might fit into the process. Piotr Zeydler, a Polish economist, examines the situation in Poland after its accession to the EU.

  2. News

    Note for the media: 92nd International Labour Conference, 1-17 June 2004

    26 May 2004

    The 92nd International Labour Conference (ILC) will take place from 1-17 June 2004 in the Palais des Nations, 8-14 avenue de la Paix, Geneva, Switzerland.