News, articles and statements

February 2007

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    Rebuilding Baphuon Temple in Angkor, Cambodia

    05 February 2007

    Tourists will soon be able to visit one of Angkor’s greatest treasures: the 11th century Baphuon temple. Now the temple is the centre of a huge archaeological reconstruction effort. Safety training means today’s Khmer construction workers are reclaiming this piece of their heritage without the dangers their ancestors faced.

January 2007

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    Marinalva: Mobile Squad Labour Inspector

    12 January 2007

    Marinalva is a labour inspector, part of the Brazilian government team called the “mobile squad”. They inspect farms in remote parts of the country, rescuing workers from forced labour as ILO TV explains.

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    Bulgaria: Joining the European Union

    12 January 2007

    As Bulgaria joins the European Union, it must enforce tougher safety and health standards. To avoid having to pay out big compensation benefits, Bulgarian employers are looking more towards preventing accidents before they happen by setting up a safety and health monitoring service. ILO TV explains:

October 2006

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    Zero tolerance for violence against children in the workplace - Video interview with Frans Roselaers (Part 3)

    12 October 2006

    Frans Roselaers describes the risk of violence that legally working young people face and how children can protect themselves against violence in the workplace. (Part 3 of 3 videos)

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    Zero tolerance for violence against children in the workplace - Video interview with Frans Roselaers (Part 2)

    12 October 2006

    Child labourers face the risk of violence in work where they are hidden from view, such as domestic work, or in illegal situations, says Frans Roselaers. (Part 2 of 3 videos.)

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    Zero tolerance for violence against children in the workplace - Video interview with Frans Roselaers (Part 1)

    12 October 2006

    Frans Roselaers, Director of the ILO's Department of Partnerships and Development Cooperation, talks about the global challenge to raise awareness about violence against working children. (Part 1 of 3 videos)

September 2006

  1. Press release

    ILO hosts interagency meeting to discuss avian flu and workplace impact and response

    26 September 2006

    The International Labour Office (ILO) is to host an interagency meeting here which will provide an opportunity to examine critical occupational safety and health, employment and livelihood issues in the context of a recent UN Action Plan with regard to the potential spread of the avian flu virus.

June 2006

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    ILO to receive support in cash and kind for promotion of safety and health in the workplace
    Düsseldorf Trade Fair and Federal Association for Occupational Safety and Health will fund international conferences on safety and health at work

    15 June 2006

    Some 2.2 million people die each year through work-related accidents and diseases, according to ILO statistics. This figure alone illustrates the importance of improved safety and health conditions in the workplace.

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    95th session of the International Labour Conference, 2006
    Occupational safety and health in Kazakhstan: A model for Central Asia

    13 June 2006

    After the collapse of the Soviet Union, working conditions in Kazakhstan deteriorated much the same way as in other former Soviet republics. In the 1990s, more than 3,000 occupational accidents were registered officially each year, causing the death of more than 300 workers.

May 2006

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    95th session of the International Labour Conference, 2006
    Singapore: Charting a new roadmap for safer workplaces

    29 May 2006

    The Conference Committee on Safety and Health will consider a promotional framework for occupational safety and health (OSH), including a Convention supplemented by a Recommendation. The proposed instruments would support placing occupational safety and health high at national agendas, and promote safer and healthier working environments worldwide.

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    Cameroon: AIDS prevention in the workplace

    15 May 2006

    According to a new ILO Report “Decent work – Safe work – HIV/AIDS”, nine out of ten people living with HIV and AIDS globally are of working age. In Cameroon, aluminium manufacturer, Alucam, has developed a successful AIDS prevention workplace programme as ILO TV reports.

April 2006

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    Chernobyl 20 years after: From disaster, breeding a new safety culture

    26 April 2006

    When the Reactor No. 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine exploded on the night of 26 April 1986, workers bore the full brunt of the blast, many losing their health, homes, jobs and even their lives. Since then, significant progress has been made in the development of safety and health at work, but the last chapter of the world's worst civilian nuclear disaster has yet to be written, says ILO SafeWork specialist Shengli Niu in an interview with ILO Online.

March 2006

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    Questions for a global economy: protecting workers against factory fires

    30 March 2006

    Fires in the workplace are among the most feared industrial events, and have left their mark on history. From the 1911 factory fire in New York City that killed 146 textile workers, to more recent industrial accidents or incidents around the world that have left hundreds of dead and injured, such events often lead to the adoption of labour laws to protect factory workers. A spate of recent industrial fires have again underlined the need for vigilance, planning and preparation for dealing with the unexpected - especially in the form of a viable evacuation plan. ILO occupational safety and health expert David Gold spoke with ILO Online about fire protection and emergency management.

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    France: Food at Work

    23 March 2006

    Rising levels of obesity in France and other Western countries, means a less healthy, less productive workforce. But at the Peugeot-Citroen factory in Rennes, France, downsizing the workforce has taken on a very different and healthier meaning. ILO TV explains.

January 2006

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    Environmentally sustainable development: the WILL is there

    30 January 2006

    NAIROBI (ILO Online) - The Workers Initiative for a Lasting Legacy (WILL 2006), organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in cooperation with the ILO, SustainLabour and the UN Global Compact, held here the first ever trade union assembly on labour and the environment last week. ILO Online spoke with Lene Olsen from the ILO Bureau for Workers' Activities who participated in the assembly.

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    Is there a decent way to break ships?

    26 January 2006

    GENEVA (ILO Online) - The dispatch of the asbestos-laden aircraft carrier 'Clemenceau' from France to the world's largest ship graveyard on India's west coast for scrapping has focused new attention on the human and environmental dangers inherent in ship breaking. While breaking ships and selling of the scrap and hardware from retired vessels provides work and income for tens of thousands of persons in Bangladesh, China, India and Pakistan, the work is dangerous and can cause deaths due to work accidents as well as serious acute and chronic health problems, especially due to exposure to hazardous substances such as asbestos. ILO Online spoke with ILO shipbreaking expert Paul Bailey.

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    Asbestos: the iron grip of latency

    10 January 2006

    The ILO estimates that 100,000 people die each year from work-related asbestos exposure. Asbestos-caused cancers will kill at least 15,000 people in Japan in the next five years, and up to 100,000 people in France over the next 20 to 25 years. In the United States, hundreds of thousands of injury claims have been filed since the 1970s for deaths, cancers and other health problems related to asbestos exposure, bankrupting dozens of U.S. companies. ILO online spoke with Jukka Takala, Director of the ILO InFocus Programme SafeWork.

September 2005

  1. Press release

    Poor workplace nutrition hits workers' health and productivity, says new ILO report

    15 September 2005

    Poor diet on the job is costing countries around the world up to 20 per cent in lost productivity, either due to malnutrition that plagues some one billion people in developing countries or the excess weight and obesity afflicting an equal number mostly in industrialized economies, says a new study by the International Labour Office (ILO).

June 2005

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    29 June 2005

    More than 90 per cent of all jobs created in Africa are in the informal sector, many of them in small open-air workshops. In Kenya, this kind of business is known as jua kali, or “fierce sun” and now well-established employers are working together with the ILO to link up with the informal sector to raise quality and working conditions.

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    Children Exploited in Mongolian Gold Rush

    27 June 2005

    Many of those working in makeshift Mongolian gold mines are children whose families seek a way out of poverty. The ILO is trying to remove these children from one of the most hazardous jobs in the world.