Events and meetings

One of ACTRAV’s main events is the bi-annual International Workers’ Symposium. This is a meeting gathering trade unionists and other specialists from all over the world to discuss a given topic.

In addition ACTRAV organizes other events, meetings and workshops, both at headquarters and in the field, focusing on the areas of activities of the bureau.

ACTRAV is at the service of workers representatives as they participate in different meetings at the ILO. Colleagues do also assist in preparing case files that will help worker representatives develop their positions and arguments for the Annual Conference of the ILO, the Governing Body, regional and sectoral conferences and in the Office's various activities.

February 2021

  1. The role of trade unions in achieving Agenda 2030 and decent work through the United Nations cooperation framework

  2. The role of social partners during Covid 19 crisis and beyond

    Discussion with Deborah France-Massin, Director Bureau for Employers' Activities and Maria Helena André, Director Bureau for Workers ‘Activities on the Role social partners during Covid 19 crisis and beyond.

December 2020

  1. ACTRAV Regional Webinar on Trade Unions in Transition in Asia and Pacific

    This regional webinar will provide an opportunity to trade unions in Asia-Pacific to discuss possible transformative action on the future of trade unions in the context of the post-COVID-19 recovery.

  2. Webinar on skills development and lifelong learning: The role of trade unions in Asia and Pacific

    This regional webinar will provide an opportunity to trade unions in Asia-Pacific to discuss skills development and lifelong learning in the context of the post-COVID19 recovery and the ILC standard-setting on apprenticeships, as well as in the implementation of the ILO Centenary Declaration.

November 2020

  1. Digitalization: Challenges and Opportunities for Union Documentation Centres

    On the occasion of the launch of the new ILO’s workers‘ collection, the Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV) will organize a webinar to discuss the challenges and opportunities regarding the digital transformation of Trade Union documentation centres, during which experts will discuss potential strategies as well as best practices to address this digital transformation...

September 2020

  1. Webinar: Skills development and Lifelong Learning: the Role of Trade Unions

    The webinar will take place on Wednesday,18th of November from 12h - 13.30h (CET)

  2. COVID-19 Crisis: Relying on social dialogue for solutions in the Asia and Pacific

    This webinar aims to assist trade union leaders in the Asia and Pacific to enhance their role in social dialogue as a solution to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. Moreover, to promote, and explain the related ILO tools, and guides that can help them in their effort to achieve a better future for all workers.

August 2020

  1. Tackling the Covid-19 Pandemic, Climate Disasters and the Locust Plague in East Africa

July 2020

  1. COVID-19 Crisis: Relying on social dialogue for solutions in the Arab States

    This webinar aims to assist trade union leaders in the Arab Region to enhance their role in social dialogue as a solution to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. Moreover, to promote, and explain the related ILO tools, and guides that can help them in their effort to achieve a better future for all workers.

  2. COVID-19 in the Americas: Strengthening social dialogue, collective bargaining and mechanisms in labour relations

    The Covid-19 pandemic does not justify any restriction on the fundamental rights at work enshrined in international labour standards, and full respect for these rights is a precondition for effective social dialogue. Strengthening social dialogue and respect for labour rights is therefore essential. However, in order to implement it, the strengthening of each of the actors is a priority, paying special attention to the workers' sector not only in their capacity to negotiate, but also in deepening the arguments for agreements in the new phase, recognising that in the post-pandemic period the world will be left with a high level of unemployment, inequality, poverty, debt and political frustration.

  3. ILO Webinar on COVID-19: Protecting Workers in the Workplace in Asia and Pacific

    This webinar will offer trade unionists in Asia-Pacific an opportunity to discuss “Pillar 3: Protecting workers in the workplace” while exploring possible actions and strategies to influence, shape and support successful policy outcomes linked to the ILO Policy Framework.

  4. ILO Webinar on COVID-19:Supporting Enterprises, Jobs and Income in Asia and Pacific

    This webinar, part of the ACTRAV Webinar Series 2.0, will explore how to cushion the devastating consequences for the loss of income many workers face during lockdown as well as the policies in place such as wage subsidies, job retention schemes and other efforts in terms of short-term support and extension of social protection. Trade union strategies that can influence, shape and support these actions will also be discussed.

June 2020

  1. Book Launch: "An ILO For All Seasons"

    Over a hundred years, the ILO has developed International Labour Standards and Policy Responses to mitigate the effects of employment and social crises. 2020 will be remembered as the year the world of work was brought to its knees by the COVID-19 pandemic. ​The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how hasards move in a globalized world. It has highlighted the need to use the tools that are available for countering social and economic crises and securing the safety and health of workers. This book traces the development of these tools and the ways in which they have been successfully applied over the last hundred years.

  2. COVID-19 in the Arab States: The Trade Union’s Role in Protecting Workers in their Workplaces

    The global Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has devastated the world of work, causing huge costs on economies, labour markets, and societies across the Arab Region and worldwide. ILO ACTRAV through this webinar aims at assisting trade union leaders in the Arab Region to enhance their role in protecting workers in workplaces as a priority to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. Moreover, to promote, and explain the related ILO tools, and guides that can help them in their effort to achieve a better future for all workers.

  3. Book launch: "Still Work to be Done"

    In this book, Luc Cortebeeck examines the future of work: how can we eliminate child labour and exploitation?How do we make governments ans multinationals respect all workers in supply chains? How will we work in the post-coronavirus world? These are some questions that Luc Cortebeeck tried to respond in this book which is a plea for effective international social regulations and a strong ILO as cornerstone for social progress.

  4. ILO Webinar on COVID-19: Stimulating the Economy and Employment​ in Asia and Pacific

    The lockdown measures have sparked an unprecedented economic crisis in most countries around the world. “Jobs-led” and “human centred” economic policies have become increasingly important and necessary in the COVID-19 crisis and recovery response. The ILO Policy Framework on COVID-19 Crisis based on International Labour Standards identified out four (4) pillars to fight the crisis and one of which is the pillar on “Stimulating the Economy and Employment”. This webinar, part of the ACTRAV Webinar Series 2.0 will explore how economic and employment policies (in particular active labour market policies) can support workers and sectors in the Asia Pacific region to promote employment growth and more decent work on the road to recovery.

  5. ACTRAV Webinar Series 2.0: ILO Policy Framework on COVID-19 and the World of Work in Africa

    The purpose of the information sharing session is to provide a virtual platform for trade union in Africa to share information on (i) measures put in place by governments to deal with the economic effects of COVID-19 in the immediate and short term, and (ii) concerns by workers’ organizations when negotiating at workplace, sectoral and national levels. On its part, the ILO will share information on the ILO Policy Framework in addressing Covid-19, using International Labour Standards.

February 2020

  1. A Global Partnership for the Financial Inclusion of Workers

    The overall objective of this meeting is to explore the feasibility of establishing a global partnership of trade union financial institutions and other key trade union organizations to enhance financial inclusion of workers.

November 2019

  1. Book Launch for the International Journal of Labour Research on the Future of Work

October 2019

  1. Symposium on the Future of Work We Want