March 2001

  1. Press release

    ILO Director-General Takes aim at "Glass Ceiling" Commits Organisation to Gender Equality in Workplace

    08 March 2001

    GENEVA (ILO News) - "We cannot afford to lose out on women's talent," said Mr. Juan Somavia, Director-General of the ILO, insisted today in an address to a panel of international dignitaries on the occasion of International Women's Day. "Improving gender equality in the workplace", he added "Is the right thing to do; it's the smart thing to do."

  2. Press release

    ILO to Celebrate International Women's Day Conference to highlight women achievers

    02 March 2001

    Geneva ( ILO News) - On March 8, International Women's Day, the ILO is holding a conference to highlight the achievements of women who have managed to break through the pervasive but often invisible barriers to achievement that stymy the careers of so many others seeking equality of opportunity at the top echelons of international organizations and enterprises.

February 2001

  1. Press release

    Financial sector workforce hit by mergers and acquisitions "Human Factor" is key element in success rates for merged companies

    05 February 2001

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The decade long wave of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) thatis reshaping the world's banking and financial service sectors is accelerating aggregateemployment declines in an industry that was traditionally characterized by stable and evenlifetime employment, according to an ILO report released in Geneva today for a tripartitemeeting of industry experts.

January 2001

  1. Press release

    International Shipping Industry Adopts "Geneva Accord"

    26 January 2001

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The 29 th session of the Joint Maritime Commission today announced a major agreement, known as the Geneva Accord, designed to improve safety and working conditions in the maritime industry.

  2. Press release

    ILO calls on UN General Assembly Special Session to emphasize child labour

    26 January 2001

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The International Labour Office (ILO) is urging that the global scourge of child labour be a major focus of the upcoming United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Children.

  3. Press release

    ILO's World Employment Report 2001: Despite Improved Employment Outlook, Digital Divide Looms Large

    24 January 2001

    GENEVA (ILO News) - Despite improvements in labour market performance in industrialized countries and the growing potential of information technology to create jobs and spur development, the global employment picture remains "deeply flawed" for workers in many parts of the world, according to a new report by the International Labour Office (ILO).

  4. Press release

    ILO Body To Consider New "Bill of Rights" for Seafarers

    19 January 2001

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The Joint Maritime Commission (JMC) of the International Labour Organization (ILO) opens a five-day meeting here Monday to consider updating the minimum wage for able seafarers, and to fashion a new "bill of rights" for all seafarers on the high seas.

  5. Press release

    The future of decent work in the global economy: High-level group of experts to debate future trends in work, Employment and social protection

    16 January 2001

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The future of work, employment and social protection in the global economy will be the focus of a high-level international conference of international experts organized jointly by the French Ministry of Employment and Solidarity and the International Institute for Labour Studies of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Annecy, France, 18-19 January, at the Hôtel Impérial.

December 2000

  1. Press release

    ILO Joins Celebration of United Nations' International Migrants Day

    18 December 2000

    GENEVA (ILO News) - On the occasion of the first UN International Migrants Day, Mr. Juan Somavia, Director-General of the International Labour Office (ILO) underscored the large and growing contribution to the global economy made by the world's more than 100 million migrants, immigrants and their families: "Migrant workers provide valuable services with their labour and furnish an often invisible subsidy to the national economies that receive them. They work in factories, produce food, provide domestic service, staff hospitals and contribute to a wide range of basic needs, often for low wages and with little recognition of the value of their contribution."

  2. Press release

    ILO urges training to offset European "skills gap" in Informationand Communications Technology as Sixth European Regional Meeting Convenes in Geneva

    11 December 2000

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The "skills gap" in Europe's information and communications technology (ICT) workforce risks becoming "a critical bottleneck to the expansion of ICT industries" according to a report prepared for the ILO's Sixth European Regional Meeting , which meets in Geneva from 12 to 15 December.