Our impact, their voices

2004

  1. Asbestos in the workplace: a difficult legacy

    01 March 2004

    Once used nearly universally for its fire-retardant qualities, asbestos - and the illnesses it causes - has become a major issue for the industries which used and produced it as well as individuals who contracted various diseases and cancers as a result of exposure in the workplace. Journalist Andrew Bibby examines the state of asbestos litigation today, and how workers and employers are facing up to the problem.

  2. Jobs after war – Building sustainable peace

    23 February 2004

  3. Economic insecurity drags on in Ukraine: ILO survey shows millions in distress

    18 February 2004

  4. Making work a safer place

    11 February 2004

    Money talks, but does it think? Merging thoughtful workplace practices and the bottom-line is one of the goals of the Global Compact launched in 2000 by the United Nations. The Compact seeks to meet the challenges of globalization and create a more stable and inclusive world economy by embedding UN values in private sector strategies. Now, the ILO Safe Work Programme has joined the Compact to help promote a new health and safety culture at work. German journalist Anne Sieger reports.

  5. New ILO report: Despite rising unemployment, cause for cautious optimism

    11 February 2004

    The 2004 Global Employment Trends report, released today by the ILO, paints a grim picture of rising global unemployment. But the annual jobs report sees signs of recovery. Here are questions and answers on the global employment picture, how this affects different people, and what solutions exist for employment generation.

  6. Eliminating child labour: The costs and benefits

    06 February 2004

    A just-released study by the ILO International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC), "Investing in Every Child: An Economic Study of the Costs and Benefits of Eliminating Child Labour", argues that the benefits of eliminating child labour will far outweigh the costs. Peter Dorman, the author of the report, explains the costs and benefits of eliminating child labour and how the proposal may be applied.

  7. Unemployment - an enormous challenge for Latin America and the Caribbean

    13 January 2004

    A new ILO report paints a grim picture of unemployment in Latin America and the Caribbean. With 19 million jobless workers in Latin America's cities and unemployment hovering at above 10 per cent, the ILO says any recovery will require strong measures - including a reorientation of economic priorities and a more equitable globalization process.

2003

  1. Migrant health workers: Is one country’s gain another’s pain?

    19 December 2003

    Severe staff and skill shortages in the health systems of many countries have fostered the active recruitment of health workers from abroad, and this migration poses a potential threat to the health systems of developing countries, says a new ILO report which focuses on the situation of migrant nurses. Monica Evans from the ILO London Office spoke with the author, Dr. Stephen Bach.

  2. In Afghanistan, paving the way to a brighter future

    15 December 2003

    After more than two decades of war, road- and bridge-building has become an essential part of Afghanistan's reconstruction. The ILO Crisis Response and Reconstruction Programme is using labour-based methods to fix not only the streets in Kabul, but also pave the way to long-term job creation and decent work.

  3. Women seafarers: Fighting against the tide? As on land, so by sea: Women join the ranks of seafarers

    01 December 2003

    Once only figureheads on the world's ocean-going ships, the entrance of women into the seafaring trade is a small, but growing phenomenon. Yet as women work their way onto the world's great ships, salt and the sea are only part of the challenges they face. As a new landmark ILO study points out, discrimination, sexual harassment and deep skepticism over their strengths and capabilities can be equally challenging.