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June 2004

  1. 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.

  3. Article

    HIV/AIDS prevention: How empowering men and boys to promote gender equality can help

    25 May 2004

    The empowerment of women has long been considered a crucial element in the response to HIV/AIDS. New evidence, however, points to another important element in the equation - addressing the role of men and boys in promoting gender equality as a way of helping to prevent HIV-infection. ILO online spoke with Linda Wirth, director of the ILO Bureau for Gender Equality about these issues and the first-ever intergovernmental process to address them.

  4. Video


    17 May 2004

    In Cambodia, a company supplying garments for big name brands such as H&M has shown that improving working conditions can increase productivity. Globalisation means that factories have to respond fast to the demands of the fashion business, but as ILO TV reports, in labour relations, Archid garments is setting the trend.

  5. News

    Note to correspondents: ILO Conference to discuss challenges of globalization and EU accession

    13 May 2004

    High-level representatives of workers, employers and governments from the Nordic and Baltic States and Poland are to meet in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 14 May to discuss regional aspects of globalization and EU accession issues

  6. Article

    Rural community based tourism: a portal to living cultures

    10 May 2004

    In the age of globalization, tourism is spreading beyond traditional tourist destinations. In Latin America, a number of small communities are taking up the challenge and seizing the opportunity to improve their conditions of life in ways that respect their heritage.

  7. Article

    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

  1. Article

    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.

  2. Article

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

    23 April 2004