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June 2005

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    PERU: CHILD LABOUR IN GOLD MINES

    23 June 2005

    In Peru, up to 50 000 children work as gold miners in small-scale mines, braving dangerous conditions and constantly at risk from accidents. In Santa Filomena, the International Labour Organization is working together with a local group to put an end to child labour.

April 2005

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    ILO/WHO to develop joint guidelines on health services and HIV/AIDS

    19 April 2005

    Representatives of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) will join forces in Geneva on 19-21 April for a tripartite meeting of experts to develop new guidelines to protect the safety of health workers involved in the worldwide struggle against HIV/AIDS.

April 2004

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    NEW FORMULAS FOR CHEMICAL SAFETY

    08 April 2004

    This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Bhopal chemicals plant disaster, following which some 20,000 people died. The International Labour Organization estimates that of the two million work-related fatalities each year, nearly a quarter (439,999) are caused by chemicals. Today, World Day for Safety and Health at Work (April 28), ILO TV reports on how the Bhopal disaster has led to measures to promote safety in the workplace.

December 2003

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    Ugandan salt mining

    16 December 2003

    Fighting poverty and creating jobs is high on the agenda as African labour ministers, employers and workers meet this week in Addis Ababa for a major regional meeting of the International Labour Organization. It’s easy to see why they are concerned: half of Africa’s population, over 300 million people live in extreme poverty. Faced with no other option, the poor will do almost anything to make a living, often outside the protections of a formal workplace. But sometimes that very living threatens their lives as ILO TV reports.

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    Waste removal in Tanzania

    11 December 2003

    Youth unemployment accounts for nearly 60 per cent of Africa's jobless population. But in Dar es Salaam, women and young people have found the road out of poverty not only littered with waste, but with opportunity. ILO TV explains…

July 2003

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    Adidas in Indonesia

    25 July 2003

    World sportswear giant Adidas has been working with the PT Dada factory in Indonesia amid concern about conditions in Asian garment factories in the face of increasing globalization. The company is working with the International Labour Organization to improve working conditions in the factory has become a model in the region of good labour-management relations. ILO TV has the details.

May 2003

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    UKRAINIAN HEALTH WORKERS

    29 May 2003

    New studies into health services in the former Soviet republic of Ukraine paint an alarming picture of dropping life expectancy and a rise in infectious diseases, including TB and Aids. Universal health care for all workers is no longer an option with an economy in transition and high unemployment. The International Labour Organisation and the union federation, Public Services International, found that health workers are struggling to survive on their wages and -- with the SARS virus -- there’s a new fear, as ILO TV now reports from Kiev.

April 2003

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    DISABILITY IN UKRAINE

    12 April 2003

    A new study from the International Labour Office finds discrimination in the workplace is rampant and that new forms are emerging. In Eastern Europe, unemployment rates are particularly high for the disabled and are a particular cause for concern, as ILO TV reports.

March 2003

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    Danger: Children working – Guatemala fireworks industry

    20 March 2003

    More than 80 million children worldwide are employed in dangerous work, International Labour Organization figures show. In Guatemala, many work in the fireworks industry, but as ILO TV now reports, the challenge is to find poor families alternative sources of income.

September 2002

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    AIDS orphans in Kenya

    20 September 2002

    The International Labour Organization says 41 per cent of Kenya’s children aged 10 to 14 work child labourers. The government is trying to get them back to school, but HIV/AIDS is putting increasing pressure on children to be breadwinners. ILO TV has this report.

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    Surgical instruments in Pakistan

    09 September 2002

    In Pakistan, the difficult and dangerous task of manufacturing surgical instruments has often in the past been done by children. The International Labour Organization is working to put a stop to this and other hazardous forms of child labour, helping cushion the financial blow of losing part of the family income while helping the child catch up with their education. This report from ILO TV.

July 2002

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    Mine accident in Colombia

    17 July 2002

    An estimated 180 million children worldwide are trapped in some of the worst forms of child labour. An accident at a Colombian gold mine focused attention on the plight of small children forced to work for a living in hazardous conditions. This report from ILO TV.

May 2002

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    Small scale mines in Bolivia

    29 May 2002

    Mining is a dangerous occupation the world over, but in the small scale mines of Bolivia the fatality rate is 90 per cent higher than that faced by miners in industrialized countries. The dangers of makeshift mines, ranging from dust and noise to inexperience, are explained in a new manual from the International Labour Organization, as ILO TV reports.

October 2001

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    Shipbreakers

    22 October 2001

    On 20 kilometers of sloping beaches in Bangladesh, an army of men daily perform some of the world’s toughest work. Tankers that survived years of high-seasoned heavy loads are now dismantled as they were built, by hand.

February 2001

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    AIDS

    12 February 2001

    AIDS can no longer be considered as purely a medical problem. Two thirds of the nearly 36 million people infected with HIV are in their most productive years and the implications for the global work force are immense. Because of this, the workplace might just be the best place to deal a crushing blow to the spread of AIDS. ILO Television reports...

January 2001

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    Decent work deficit in Asia

    15 January 2001

    Asia has been struggling to recover from a financial crisis that rocked the region 4 years ago. But that recovery is on shaky ground as the global economic downturn throws more people out of work and into uncertainty. The International Labour Org. opens a four-day conference in the region to shore up recovery as ILO TV explains.

September 2000

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    The Shipbreakers

    01 September 2000

    Few nations are willing to accept the dirty and dangerous work of dismantling a ship by hand. It is one of the world's most unregulated and hazardous industries, leaving a trail of debris, disability and death in its wake. At the same time, it is an industry that supplies much needed income to Bangladeshi workers who have few decent alternatives.

December 1999

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    The Face of Decent Work

    01 December 1999

    Every day, 6,300 people die as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases - more than 2.3 million deaths per year. Over 337 million accidents occur on the job annually; many of these resulting in extended absences from work. The human cost of this daily adversity is vast and the economic burden of poor occupational safety and health practices is estimated at 4 per cent of global Gross Domestic Product each year. In terms of shattered families and communities, the damage is irreparable. The ILO reaches out to people in the most hazardous occupations to help them make their workplace a decent and safe place to work. Director: Miguel Schapira; Producer: Karen Naets-Sekiguchi.

June 1991

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    Return to reality: A film about a young man’s problems with alcohol and drugs in Southern Africa (VHS-PAL)

    04 June 1991

    A film about a young man’s problems with alcohol and drugs in Southern Africa