News, articles and statements

June 2021

  1. Video

    Virtual Race 2021 -- End Child Labour. Act Now!

    12 June 2021

    ILO in collaboration with Cause Indonesia conduct a massive campaign through a virtual race by inviting more than 5,000 participants nationwide to be involved and to be part of the social movement against child labour.

  2. © Rod Waddington 2021

    World Day Against Child Labour

    Child labour rises to 160 million – first increase in two decades

    10 June 2021

    The International Labour Organization and UNICEF warn nine million additional children at risk as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

  3. Video

    Safe water, decent work for all: ILC Daily Show

    07 June 2021

    The first episode of the International Labour Conference (ILC) Daily Show featured the ILO Water and Sanitation Project funded by the Government of Japan, highlighting work on the ground amid the COVID-19 pandemic to provide decent work and promote peace through improved water supply and sanitation services in the Philippines.

  4. © ILO/Julia Druelle 2021

    Labour standards

    Kosovo*: Assessing gaps and identifying priority actions in safety and health at work

    02 June 2021

    Kosovo has been accelerating its effort to develop its occupational safety and health (OSH) legislation and labour inspectorate that are in line with international and European labour standards. As a systematic approach towards achieving safe and health workplaces in Kosovo, an OSH Profile has been prepared by the ILO in the framework of the project ‘’Promoting Decent Work through Strengthening OSH Management and Social Dialogue,’’ managed by UNOPS and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) through the Embassy of Sweden in Pristina.

  5. Action in the Global Garment Industry

    Priority Country Update – June 2021

    02 June 2021

  6. New Brief

    Key principles underlying sanctioning procedures applicable to occupational safety and health violations

    02 June 2021

    This brief is aimed to equip policymakers and lawmakers with an overview of the main guiding principles that should underpin administrative and judicial sanctioning procedures applicable to OSH infractions to ensure that they are effective and fair.

  7. Our impact, Their voices

    Safety in practice: preventing workplaces from COVID-19

    02 June 2021

    Extending its support beyond the technical advise, ILO-India reached out to workers and enterprises directly to ensure ‘Safety and Health at Workplace during COVID-19’

  8. World Day for Safety and Health at Work Summary Note

    Worldwide events to promote the world day campaign 2021

    01 June 2021

    This year’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work, commemorated on 28 April 2021 by a Global Virtual Launch event, focused on leveraging the elements of an OSH system as set out in the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 2006 (No. 187). The World Day received global press and social media coverage from around the world. Furthermore, ILO constituents around the world organized over 40 regional and national social media campaigns, lectures, webinars, virtual dialogues and other various themed events.

May 2021

  1. Heat stress

    New legislation in Qatar provides greater protection to workers from heat stress

    27 May 2021

    Prohibited summertime working hours expanded by four weeks and annual health checks for workers introduced.

  2. Convention No. 184 and Convention No. 185

    Iraq ratifies agriculture and seafarers Conventions

    27 May 2021

  3. Policy brief

    Preventing and mitigating COVID-19 at work

    19 May 2021

    The ILO and WHO publish a brief providing a literature review on common features of workplaces most affected by the new corona virus and the most effective measures adopted by countries to prevent and mitigate COVID-19 at work. The brief gives practical guidance for national and local authorities as well as employers and workers’ representatives for the implementation of WHO and ILO recommendations to prevent the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and manage COVID-19 outbreaks at work in non-healthcare settings.

  4. © Michel Curi 2021

    Occupational health

    Long working hours can increase deaths from heart disease and stroke, say ILO and WHO

    17 May 2021

    The number of people working long hours globally has increased over time, to an estimated 479 million workers, or nine per cent of the global population.

  5. Chemical safety

    Workers around the world face a global health crisis due to occupational exposure to toxic chemicals

    17 May 2021

    The ILO publishes a new report highlighting the state of the evidence for chemical exposures and resulting health impacts in the world of work

  6. Occupational Safety and Health

    Saint Lucia ratifies Convention No. 155 and its Protocol

    14 May 2021

  7. XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work

    International Media Festival for Prevention Toronto 2021 Nominees Announcement

    10 May 2021

    Join us for the announcement of the nominees of the International Media Festival for Prevention IMFP 2021.

  8. © AFP/Europress 2021

    ILO/WHO partnership to protect health workers

    Healthcare workers urgently need upgraded working conditions, safety and health protection against COVID-19 in Ukraine

    05 May 2021

    Health workers are at the forefront of the global fight against the COVID-19. In Ukraine, however, they face serious challenges in occupational health and safety and working conditions. On 16 April 2021, the ILO and WHO jointly organized a webinar to discuss the key challenges health workers face and to advocate for the implementation of a national occupational health and safety programme.

  9. Our impact, their voices

    Social dialogue is a win-win in times of crisis

    05 May 2021

    Social dialogue is a key strategy for management and workers to find win-win solutions. One of the Better Work Indonesia (BWI) participating companies shows the benefits gained from social dialogues for both workers’ welfare and business continuity.

  10. © G20 2021

    G20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting

    Protect workers and businesses in the tourism industry

    04 May 2021

    ILO Deputy Director-General, Martha Newton, called on G20 countries to take action to support the travel and tourism industry, which has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. She was speaking at a virtual G20 Tourism Ministers’ meeting on 4 May, that discussed how governments can support the sector.

  11. News

    The resilience of Indonesia’s OSH System is tested during the pandemic

    04 May 2021

    The ILO and its partners commemorated the World Day for Safety and Health at Work by examining efforts taken by relevant stakeholders, including mass media organizations, in ensuring long-term OSH investments and resilient OSH systems in Indonesia.

  12. Opinion editorial

    Solidarity for safety, productivity and sustainability

    03 May 2021

    An opinion editorial by Abdul Hakim, the ILO/Japan National Project Officer, Enhancing COVID-19 Prevention at and through Workplaces, in conjunction with the commemoration of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work and the Labour Day. The opinion article was published by the Jakarta Post on 3 May.