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July 2004

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    Cooperatives and trade unions from the North and the South join to promote decent work

    05 July 2004

    They range from small-scale to multi-million dollar businesses across the globe, employ some 100 million women and men and have more than 800 million individual members. Cooperatives play an important role in integrating unprotected workers in the informal economy into mainstream economic life. On this International Day of Cooperatives, cooperative enterprises worldwide make fair globalization a reality. Here are some examples of recent ILO activities aimed at creating decent jobs and reducing poverty around the globe.

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    Danger at sea - Working in the fishing sector

    02 July 2004

    As fish and shellfish become increasingly important as a source of protein, the fishing industry has grown considerably. This growth, however, hasn't come without a cost - in terms of working conditions and occupational safety - to the estimated 35 million full and part-time workers in the fishing sector. To address this, delegates to this year's 92nd International Labour Conference took the first steps toward adopting new international labour standards for what is one of the world's most dangerous professions. Here, in question and answer format, are basic facts about the fishing sector and what the ILO can do to improve conditions there.

June 2004

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    Delivering treatment for HIV/AIDS in the workplace: the ILO role

    25 June 2004

    The ILO is working to support the World Health Organization and UNAIDS in providing help for millions of people with HIV/AIDS. As one of the co-sponsors of the "3 by 5" initiative, the ILO will harness the potential of occupational health services in delivering and monitoring treatment, and mobilize its social partners to help spread the "know your status" message to encourage voluntary testing. Dr Benjamin O. Alli, Coordinator, Technical Cooperation and Advisory Services, ILO Programme on HIV/AIDS and the World of Work explains how the ILO can help "3 by 5" to succeed.

  2. Article

    Strengthening the voice of women at the ILO

    24 June 2004

    The International Labour Conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO) annually gathers some 3,000 delegates representing governments, worker and employer organizations. Yet walking the halls of the United Nations building in Geneva where the meeting takes place, it was strikingly clear that at the 92nd International Labour Conference - just as during previous conferences - women remained under-represented among the delegates. Now, the ILO is working with its social partners to change this.

  3. Article

    New hope for the world's 86 million migrant workers

    23 June 2004

    The ILO's 92nd International Labour Conference has adopted a new plan aimed at providing a fair deal for the world's 86 million migrant workers. The plan includes a host of measures for managing migration, protecting their rights and preventing trafficking. This news feature tells the story.

  4. Press release

    Governing Body elects new Chairman, hears report on globalization debate Committee on Freedom of Association cites Cuba, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, others

    18 June 2004

    The Governing Body of the International Labour Office (ILO) elected Philippe Séguin, government delegate of France, as Chairman for its 2004-2005 Session and heard a report on the ILO's role in promoting a fair globalization.

  5. Article

    "No more working, take to books" - Making dreams possible

    17 June 2004

  6. Press release

    92nd annual Conference of the ILO concludes its work Delegates debate action to make globalization fair, adopt plan of action for migrant workers

    17 June 2004

    The 92nd annual Conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO) concluded its work today following an extensive and constructive debate on the social dimension of globalization, as well as the adoption of a new plan of action designed to provide a fair deal for the world's migrant workers.

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    Argentina: decent work as a goal for development

    16 June 2004

    There are signs of employment recovery in Argentina, but a lot remains to be done, outlined tripartite representatives and the ILO who signed a Memorandum of Understanding expressing their support to the launch of a National Decent Work Programme.

  8. Press release

    ILO adopts plan to give fair deal to 86 million migrant workers

    16 June 2004

    The annual Conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO) today adopted a new plan designed to provide a fair deal for some 86 million migrant workers in the global economy.