News and articles

June 2010

  1. Spotlight Interview with Luc Demaret (ILO-Actrav) Domestic work: « Putting an end to exclusion and exploitation »

    05 June 2010

November 2009

  1. Statement of the X Ibero-American Union Summit

    30 November 2009

    Statement of the X Ibero-American Union Summit

October 2005

  1. Many workers suffer from hunger and poverty - FAO/ILO/IUF report

    06 October 2005

    Many of the 450 million agricultural workers live in dire conditions

March 2005

  1. 28 April 10th International Commemoration Day (ICD) For Dead And Injured Workers World Day for Safety and Health at Work

    22 March 2005

    Employing half of the world's labour force,modernday agriculture is anything but idyllic.Along with mining and construction,it is one of the three most hazardous sectors in industrialized and developing countries alike. Of an estimated 355,000 fatal work accidents per year worldwide, more than half are in agriculture.A disproportionate share of work-related injuries and diseases is also borne by agricultural workers. And child labourers, all too commonly employed in this sector,face particular dangers.

  2. Global labour leaders call for release of Nepalese trade unionists

    22 March 2005

    A group of top trade union leaders who are taking part in a session of the Governing Body of the tripartite UN's International Labour Organisation (ILO) went today to the Nepalese mission to the UN in Geneva to express their concern about the situation in Nepal and call for the release of detained trade unionists.

October 2004

  1. Advancing fair Globalization

    09 October 2004

    Heidemarie Wieczoreck Zeul, the German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development and Sir Leroy Trotman, the spokesperson of the Workers Group of the ILO welcomed an international group of students,trade unions and academics to the inauguration of the Masters Course on "Labour Policies and Globalisation" earlier this week in Kassel, Germany

July 2004

  1. India: Hope Dawns as Women Beat Poverty

    01 July 2004

    In the villages of India, women are organizing against poverty. With the backing of a team from the ILO Bureau for Workers' Activities (ACTRAV)hundreds of "self-help groups" have been set up. These groups now ensure a trade union presence in some of the most remote areas of southern India.

December 2003

  1. Global unions, Amnesty international: "No to impunity for the murderers of trade unionists in Colombia"

    10 December 2003

    Colombia holds the grim record for the highest level of violence against labour leaders with 184 trade unionists killed in 2002 and 64 during 2003. Yet, according to testimonies by Global Unions and Amnesty International representatives, most of these murders have gone unpunished. The trade union and human rights campaigners were addressing a public meeting in Geneva on the occasion of Human Rights Day, 10 December ahead of a meeting with Colombia's acting ambassador in Switzerland.

  2. December 10: Trade Union Rights are Human Rights

    09 December 2003

    Trade union organisations worldwide are using this year's Human Rights Day to remind the international community that workers' rights are human rights, but that these rights are still denied to millions of workers. Abuses range from restrictive legislation to the brutal repression and even murder of union activists.

November 2003

  1. ILO Acts Against Violations of Workers' Rights in Belarus

    19 November 2003

    The worker members of the Governing Body of the UN's International Labour Organisation (ILO) have welcomed the decision (today 19 November 2003) to