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September 2003

  1. Publication

    New ILO study highlights labour trends worldwide: US productivity up, Europe improves ability to create jobs

    01 September 2003

    As US and global productivity accelerate, does this mean the global economic slowdown in jobs creation is over? The new third edition of Key Indicators of the Labour Market (KILM) ( see note 1), finds that a rise in productivity and employment may be the only way to reduce poverty.

  2. Publication

    ILC91 Annual ILO Conference tackles new social agenda

    01 September 2003

    Fighting poverty, providing seafarers with new identity documents, and a variety of measures aimed at improving the world of work were among the highlights of the 91st International Labour Conference in June. Delegates held an impassioned debate over working conditions, and adopted radical new measures designed to improve workplace security and safety.

  3. Publication

    ILO Recommendation 193 one year after: The revival of the cooperative idea

    01 September 2003

    This June marked the first anniversary of the ILO's initiative to encourage the idea of cooperative business. ILO Recommendation 193, for the Promotion of Cooperatives, was formally adopted last year at the International Labour Conference. In the months since, staff in the ILO COOP team have worked with governments and coop bodies to help translate the Recommendation into practice at the national level. Journalist Andrew Bibby reports on the results of their work.

August 2003

  1. Article

    For millions of migrants, a new Convention

    06 August 2003

    The UN Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families entered into force on 1 July 2003. More than 10 years in the making, the new Convention represents a major step in efforts to improve the lives of the world’s vast mobile workforce. ILO senior migration specialist Patrick Taran, who instigated the global campaign for ratification, tells World of Work what the Convention does, who it concerns and how it will make a difference in peoples’ lives.

July 2003

  1. Video

    Adidas in Indonesia

    25 July 2003

    World sportswear giant Adidas has been working with the PT Dada factory in Indonesia amid concern about conditions in Asian garment factories in the face of increasing globalization. The company is working with the International Labour Organization to improve working conditions in the factory has become a model in the region of good labour-management relations. ILO TV has the details.

  2. Article

    ILO Recommendation 193 one year after: The revival of the cooperative idea

    23 July 2003

    This June marked the first anniversary of the ILO's initiative to encourage the idea of cooperative business.

  3. Article

    Labour-sponsored investment funds: more jobs, more money and job security

    11 July 2003

    Over 20 years ago, the economy of the Canadian province of Quebec was mired in deep recession, brought on by an international economic downturn and souring relations between the provincial government and labour.

  4. Video


    09 July 2003

    The fishing industry in West Africa is a high-risk and accident-prone business yet until recently, few people had access to health insurance. But fishermen have taken to casting their own safety nets by creating small, community-based health schemes. And the idea has struck a chord with other groups as well. ILO TV explains.

  5. Article

    Job stability in industrialized countries remains surprisingly strong

    08 July 2003

    ILO study sees labour markets less volatile than generally assumed

  6. Article

    New HIV/AIDS initiative: growing solidarity in the world of work

    08 July 2003

    With an estimated 25 million or more workers infected with HIV, finding ways to help them and their employers deal with the consequences of the epidemic is a top priority. Top managers, employers' and workers' representatives and other stakeholders met recently at the ILO under the auspices of the UN Global Compact, to discuss action at the workplace to tackle the challenges posed by HIV/AIDS.