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June 2003

  1. Press release

    ILO Conference opens talks on new seafarer identity cards: Initiative receives new impetus from G8

    05 June 2003

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) has launched negotiations on a new, more rigorous identity regime for seafarers with the aim of developing effective protection against terrorism, while at the same time ensuring the rights and freedoms of the world's 1.2 million maritime workers.

  2. Press release

    Vanuatu becomes 176th ILO member State

    04 June 2003

    The Pacific Ocean island State of Vanuatu became the 176th member of the International Labour Organization following receipt in Geneva of a letter from Mr Joe Natuman, MP, Minister for Internal Affairs, stating, on behalf of the Government, that Vanuatu formally accepts the obligations of the Constitution of the ILO.

  3. Press release

    International Labour Conference opens

    03 June 2003

    The 91 st Session of the International Labour Conference opened today, electing as its president, the Hon. Michael Christopher Wamalwa, Vice-President and Labour Minister of Kenya.

  4. Press release

    H.E. Mr. Luíz Inácio Lula da Silva, President of Brazil addresses ILO

    02 June 2003

    In his first address to a United Nations organization since becoming President of Brazil, Luíz Inácio Lula da Silva told the International Labour Organization (ILO) today the industrialized countries were failing to reconcile "words and deeds", and that "the war against hunger and poverty is the only one we are interested in".

May 2003

  1. Press release

    Conference Preview 91st International Labour Conference opens on 3 June

    30 May 2003

    The 91st International Labour Conference, which gets underway in Geneva on Tuesday, 3 June, is to consider a host of issues ranging from a new plan for fighting poverty worldwide, to enhancing safety and security in the workplace and eliminating discrimination.

  2. Article

    ILO: Travel woes: tourism and travel jobs suffer new decline

    23 May 2003

    Since January of 2002, when the ILO first reported major job losses in the travel and tourism sector due to post-September 11 economic woes and security concerns, the sector  is facing new problems. The recent outbreak of SARS has further cut into the sector, axing more jobs. ILO analyst Dirk Belau answers questions about the problems facing the sector.

  3. Article

    After the G8: ILO discussion on security for seafarers takes on new urgency

    23 May 2003

    The just-ended G8 meeting in Evian, France, cited the need to work urgently through the ILO to develop a heightened security regime for the world's 1.2 million seafarers. Since the 9/11 attacks, the need for secure and internationally agreed identity documents for seafarers has become even more important to ocean-going trade and commerce, as their freedom of movement comes under greater scrutiny or is denied altogether. Discussions at this year's International Labour Conference will seek agreement on new security measures for seafarers that could be implemented as early as June 2004.

  4. Article

    ILO: Work hazards kill millions, cost billions

    23 May 2003

    Workers, employers and governments are marking the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. In a new report, the ILO says the annual cost to the global economy is a staggering 1.25 thousand billion (trillion). This report outlines the occupational safety and health crisis and explains how it can be dealt with.

  5. Article

    ILO: Workplace discrimination, a picture of hope and concern

    23 May 2003

    A new ILO report on discrimination at work - the most comprehensive to date - says workplace discrimination remains a persistent global problem, with new, more subtle forms emerging. While significant progress in combatting inequalities at the workplace is cause for hope, the report says new forms of discrimination are cause for growing concern.

  6. Article

    ILO concern: the unbearable fate of child soldiers

    23 May 2003

    Among the voiceless victims of the worst forms of child labour are child soldiers - or children who fight - for whatever reason - or provide various forms of support in conflicts. Many of these children face not only the dangers of combat, but suffer physical abuse or rape at the hands of their fellow combatants. A recent conference organized by the US Department of Labor (USDOL) in Washington highlighted the plight of child soldiers, and announced a $13 million programme to rehabilitate them - including $7 million to develop comprehensive strategies with the ILO.