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June 2004

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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. 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.

  2. 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

March 2004

  1. Article

    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.

  2. Publication

    International Women's Day 2004

    01 March 2004

    Before women had many rights, they at least had their day. The first recorded National Women's Day occurred in the United States in 1909. A year later, the Socialist International, meeting in Copenhagen, established a Woman's Day "to honor the movement for women's rights and to assist in achieving universal suffrage" ( Note 1). The following year, 1911, International Women's Day (IWD) was celebrated for the first time across Europe, demanding the right to work, vocational training and an end to discrimination.

  3. Publication

    World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization: Globalization can and must change

    01 March 2004

    Can globalization change so its benefits are shared more equitably by people and countries? It not only can change, it must, says a new, groundbreaking report, presented to the ILO by the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization. The Commission's report says building a fair and inclusive globalization must become a worldwide priority.

  4. Publication

    Strangers in a foreign land - Migration's hidden risk: Increased child trafficking

    01 March 2004

    In many parts of the world, migration is adding a new dimension to the child labour problem, exposing many children to potential exploitation by traffickers. This article explains how migrants can fall into the trafficking trap and how the ILO is working to stop this worst form of child labour.

  5. Publication

    Global Employment Trends 2004: Record joblessness, but relief may be on the way

    01 March 2004

    Despite a second-half economic recovery in 2003, global unemployment continued its relentless climb, hitting a new record of 185.9 million for men and women, rising especially sharply for young people. Meanwhile, the number of "working poor" remained at an all-time high of 550 million. A hopeless scenario? Not quite, says a new ILO report.