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July 2005

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    "Female future": employers' organizations address gender equity

    20 July 2005

    From Norway to New Zealand, via Croatia, Kenya, Jamaica, Malaysia and the Philippines, there is almost universal recognition that equality and educational opportunities for men and women and a better balance between work and family life are vital elements in achieving equality in employment. Though the situation of women varies considerably between countries, a new ILO study on employers' organizations addressing gender equity reveals that almost everywhere more could be done to promote effective gender equality in practice.

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    15 July 2005

    The International Labour Organization has found that nearly half of the world’s unemployed are under the age of 24. In Jamaica, the National Training Agency, known as HEART, gives young people the skills they need. ILO TV profiles the manager of a hotel school, who not so long ago was a trainee herself.

  3. Article

    Fuelling Gender Equality in the Canadian Auto Workers Union

    11 July 2005

    The ILO Bureau for Gender Equality has included the Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) into its recent compilation of 25 good practices entitled "Gender Equality and Decent Work, Good Practices at the Workplace" ( Note 1). The CAW, Canada's largest private-sector union with about 260,000 members, has a long-standing reputation in promoting gender equality, advocating for women workers' rights and fostering women's activism.

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    07 July 2005

    An ILO study detailed 42 cases of forced labour in Germany, where migrant workers in particular find themselves tricked into situations where they are forced to work for low pay -- or no pay. ILO TV reports from Germany on a new union set up especially for workers away from home.

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    Ukraine: child labour in mining

    07 July 2005

    In Ukraine, most legally-operated coal mines closed down following the break-up of the Soviet Union. Yet many families still dig for coal in illegal mines and children are expected to work, too. The International Labour Organization is working together with trade unions and the government to put an end to child labour and create new jobs.

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    07 July 2005

    Many victims of trafficking leave home voluntarily in a desperate search for work, only to find themselves exploited. In the hills of Northern Thailand, efforts are being made to offer women and children alternative sources of income to encourage them to stay at home. ILO TV reports on how an anti- trafficking programme is supporting the development of eco-tourism.

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    Smoothing the way from education to employment: UK becomes first Western country in the Youth Employment Network

    05 July 2005

    During this year's International Labour Conference, the UK Parliamentary Under Secretary for the Department of Work and Pensions, James Plaskitt, MP, announced that the UK would join the Youth Employment Network (YEN). Mr. Plaskitt called the joint ILO, UN, World Bank network a "framework we can use to exchange our experiences with other countries". UK participation in the YEN comes just as the UK hosts a G8 summit and assumes the Presidency of the European Union and is a sign of the growing importance which the Millennium Goal of decent and productive work for young people is taking on within the intertwined global agenda for development and collective security.

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    Rethinking social security: pension reform in Latin America

    01 July 2005

    SANTIAGO de Chile (ILO on line) - In the past decade, many Latin American governments have radically restructured their old age income security systems, following the lead of Chile, which undertook its major pension reform in 1981. The defining characteristic of the reforms has been a shift in the basis of public pensions from social to individual responsibility. Numerous countries in the region, including Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay, have adopted a system that relies on individual savings accounts. The United States is considering a pension reform proposed by President George W. Bush which foresees a private system, similar to the one introduced in Chile in 1981. ILO online asked Fabio Bertranou, a Senior Social Security Specialist with the International Labour Office in Chile, about the pros and cons of private retirement plans.

June 2005

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    29 June 2005

    More than 90 per cent of all jobs created in Africa are in the informal sector, many of them in small open-air workshops. In Kenya, this kind of business is known as jua kali, or “fierce sun” and now well-established employers are working together with the ILO to link up with the informal sector to raise quality and working conditions.

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    "Employment fuels development"

    28 June 2005

    The newly elected Chairman of the Governing Body of the International Labour Office (ILO), Carlos A. Tomada says employment should be seen as an important element of democratic stability and the fight against poverty. The link between employment, democracy and poverty will be on top of the agenda of the next Summit of the Americas scheduled in November in the Argentine city of Mar del Plata.