All ILO Newsroom content

May 2004

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    Fighting child labour in Indonesia: ILO launches new programme

    05 May 2004

    Some 4 million children below the age of 18 in Indonesia work in often dangerous jobs. Can they find another way of life that benefits them and their families? As the ILO launches a new programme in Indonesia to fight child labour, ILO Online examines how one child traded work for education and found a better future for himself and his family in the process.

April 2004

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    28 April, World Day for Safety and Health at Work - Two million work deaths a year: A preventable tragedy

    28 April 2004

    Work kills more people than wars – some 6,000 a day. And almost 270 million accidents are recorded each year, of which 350,000 are fatal. Many of these could be prevented, the International Labour Office believes. 20 years after one of the worst industrial accidents on record – the Bhopal disaster, which killed 2,500 people and injured 200,000 in the space of a few hours, later some 20 000 have died – the situation has scarcely improved.

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    Gawanas Bience: "Decent work is about realizing how each of us can make a contribution to the whole"

    23 April 2004

  3. Video


    22 April 2004

    Millions of women in developing countries work in the garment industry, sewing clothes which are exported the world over. But the better paid jobs are often the preserve of men. The International Labour Organization promotes rights in the workplace and an end to sex discrimination. ILO TV now reports from a factory in Bangladesh where women are proving they, too, can be a cut above the rest.

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    Pulling back from the edge of poverty: Social security coverage for all

    14 April 2004

    Only 5-10% of Africa's workers have any social security coverage to tide them through sickness, disability, unemployment, pregnancy or old age. In the face of tremendous challenges, the ILO experience in West Africa has shown that there are ways to extend coverage. In Senegal, where community-based micro health insurance schemes are paving the way, the ILO is launching the "Global Campaign on Social Security and Coverage for All" in Dakar on 14 April.

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    Innovation: The key to social security

    14 April 2004

    The Portuguese-speaking African countries plan to develop social security systems. The ILO recommends an innovative approach to extending social security coverage.

  6. Video


    08 April 2004

    This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Bhopal chemicals plant disaster, following which some 20,000 people died. The International Labour Organization estimates that of the two million work-related fatalities each year, nearly a quarter (439,999) are caused by chemicals. Today, World Day for Safety and Health at Work (April 28), ILO TV reports on how the Bhopal disaster has led to measures to promote safety in the workplace.

March 2004

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    New ILO Study: How the right environment can create good jobs in micro- and small-enterprises

    24 March 2004

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    Child trafficking in Moldova

    15 March 2004

    An estimated 1.2 million children worldwide are victims of child trafficking. One of them is Ioana, who was trafficked from Moldova to Ukraine. Natalia Cojocaru, a Moldavian journalist for the newspaper "Timpul" reports.

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    New study: Balancing flexibility and security in Central and Eastern Europe

    04 March 2004

    A new study published by the ILO says that for many workers in the new Europe, post-Communist era reforms have meant more work and less job security. " Labour markets in transition: Balancing flexibility and security in Central and Eastern Europe" says that while labour market flexibility is increasing in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, workers also often face a sharp increase in open unemployment. As a result, these transition economies need to find a way to balance between more open labour markets and job and income security.