News and press releases

This is a list of official ILO press releases issued by the ILO Country Office for South Pacific Island Countries. The most recent release is at the top.

May 2013

  1. Six provinces in PNG received training on Child Labour

    20 May 2013

    A road show to generate interest and create awareness on the impacts of child labour in PNG

April 2013

  1. ILO: PNG lacks complete laws on child labour

    22 April 2013

    Papua New Guinea lacks comprehensive legislation to deal with child labour issues, a workshop has been told.

March 2013

  1. 24 OSH and Labour Inspectors trained in Papua New Guinea for a modern and effective OSH inspection system.

    04 March 2013

    The Department of Labour and Industrial Relations, Papua New Guinea (PNG), in cooperation with the ILO organized a five day programme on OSH inspection

February 2013

  1. Recognizing workers skills in Samoa

    19 February 2013

    The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour and the Apprenticeship Council of Samoa have been running a trade testing scheme, offering workers who achieved their present status in their job by experience only, a platform to obtain formal recognition of their skills.

  2. Promoting creative industries through business awareness in schools in Kiribati

    19 February 2013

    Through the UN One Fund initiative in Kiribati, the ILO in collaboration with UNESCO identified the opportunity to promote creative industries in schools. This initiative was welcomed by ILO tripartite partners and youth stakeholders in Kiribati.

  3. Private sector survey in Vanuatu

    18 February 2013

    The largest ever private sector survey of business in Port Vila has been completed by the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI). The ILO has supported VCCI with this project and will continue to do so as a position paper is developed by the VCCI Advocacy Team reflecting members' views for use in Government discussions and lobbying.

  4. Fiji Child Labour DVD to be launched at the National Child Labour Forum

    18 February 2013

    The plight of children in child labour in Fiji will be raised, through the launching of a DVD titled “Back to School- Tackling Child Labour in Fiji”

January 2013

  1. ILO to publish annual report on global employment trends and the jobs crisis

    21 January 2013

    The ILO is to launch its annual report, “Global Employment Trends 2013” (GET) on Tuesday 22 January.

December 2012

  1. University of the South Pacific and the ILO pilot Community Based Enterprise Development Programme

    01 December 2012

    The Aspiring Entrepreneurs component of the Community Based Enterprise Development (C-BED) was piloted at the Regional Centre for Continued Community Education (RCCCE) of USP.

November 2012

  1. Minister of Labour, Mr Jone Usamate's opening statement at the Fiji National Employment Creation Policy workshop

    28 November 2012

    28th November 2012 the Fiji Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment and the ILO jointly hosted a three day technical training workshop for senior Government officials, employers workers and academia to explore not only the technical aspects of developing National Employment Policies but also to consider the particular challenges and opportunities in Fiji.

  2. Papua New Guinea moves to establishing a National Employment Policy

    27 November 2012

    The Papua New Guinea Government has prioritized the development of a new National Employment Policy to implement ILO Convention 122.

  3. Fiji National Employment Creation Policy workshop

    27 November 2012

    In November 2012 the Fiji Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment and the ILO jointly hosted a three day technical training workshop for senior Government officials, employers workers and academia to explore not only the technical aspects of developing National Employment Policies but also to consider the particular challenges and opportunities in Fiji.

  4. Women entrepreneurs in Fiji get a boost!

    23 November 2012

    The Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation (FCEF) with the support of the ILO, organized two trainings in November for fifty women entrepreneurs in Fiji.

  5. ILO names five countries for serious violations of freedom of association

    15 November 2012

    The ILO Committee on Freedom of Association has highlighted five out of 32 cases as the most serious and urgent concerning the right to organize, collective bargaining and social dialogue.

  6. Continued South South Cooperation Fiji - Kiribati

    07 November 2012

    The ILO through its Youth Employment Programme in Kiribati brokered an initiative with both countries that would support Kiribati in establishing a National Employment Service Centre (NESC). With Fiji already having an operation National Employment Center (NEC), the initiative facilitated a 10 day study attachment by a Ministry of Labour official from Kiribati to the Fiji NEC.

October 2012

  1. SCREAM - Supporting Children’s Rights through Education Arts and the Media in Fiji

    01 October 2012

    A Training programme on essential information regarding child rights; issues faced by children including child labour and the worst forms of Child Labour and were empowered to take action in addressing these issues through the use of drama, role-plays and creative arts.

September 2012

  1. ILO mission to Fiji aborted

    19 September 2012

    An ILO mission on freedom of association obliged to depart from Fiji without having completed its mandate.

  2. ILO mission to Fiji aborted

    19 September 2012

    An ILO direct contacts mission on freedom of association has been obliged to depart from Fiji without having completed its mandate.

  3. Pacific ratifications help to bring ‘Seafarers Bill of Rights’ into effect

    12 September 2012

    The ILO has received the 30th ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC), fulfilling the final condition for the first global standard spanning continents and oceans, to go into effect in a year’s time

August 2012

  1. Reform planned for PNG labour laws

    17 August 2012

    Papau New Guinea's labour laws are in for a make over which will now include a new Employment Relations Bill. The new bill will repeal and update the existing laws.