March 2023

  1. Trade unions navigating and shaping change

    20 March 2023

    The experimentation and reorganization already taking place in the trade union movement today attest not just to the scale of the challenges involved, but also to the potential for significant change. New approaches are being adopted around the world and across several sectors. This study was designed to explore the emerging practices, approaches, capabilities and methodologies that can help trade unions to revitalize themselves by anticipating, navigating and shaping change.

  2. Digital technologies and trade union revitalization in the Arab States region

    07 March 2023

    As part of the “Trade unions in transformation: Actors for change” programme of the ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities, several regional studies have been commissioned to review innovative practices and positive experiences related to trade union revitalization. This paper explores the role of digital technologies in this process in the Arab States region, focusing on Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon and Oman. It discusses successful and innovative practices with a view to identifying lessons that are relevant to trade unions in other countries and regions as well.

November 2022

  1. Improving Workers' Data Rights

    28 November 2022

    The brief on Improving Workers’ Data Rights covers how workers’ data is collected and used in the context of changing workplace management practises and oversight instruments. It provides important recommendations for trade unions on opportunities and challenges towards collective action on safeguarding workers’ rights throughout the data lifecycle.

  2. Responsible Tech

    28 November 2022

    The brief on Responsible Tech focuses on the responsible usage of information technologies that trade unions should be considering in their own internal operations. It follows the recommendations made during the first two briefs by providing guidance on how trade unions can ask the right questions in terms of the usage of new technologies by its staff and members, data protection of trade union data, cybersecurity as well as exploring options to utilising responsible software to ensure the privacy and rights of its staff and members.

  3. Sustainable Algorithmic Systems

    28 November 2022

    The brief on Sustainable Algorithmic Systems provides an overview for trade unions how algorithmic systems are utilised in workplaces. It further discusses the degree of changes to management practices due to the increased levels of algorithmic decision making, its impacts on workers and provides pertinent recommendations to workers’ organisations on how to counter potential threats to workers’ wellbeing, working conditions and wages caused by the deployment of unregulated algorithmic systems.

October 2022

  1. ACTRAV Webinar Series on Trade Unions in Transition

    24 October 2022

    ILO's Bureau for Workers' Activities (ACTRAV) has organized a series of webinars for trade union leaders in different (sub)regions of the world to discuss key challenges and opportunities for trade unions in transition. Such virtual seminars were held from June to December 2021.

September 2022

  1. Trade Union Revitalization: Organizing new forms of work including platform workers (Executive Summary)

    26 September 2022

  2. Trade Union Revitalization: Organizing new forms of work including platform workers

    26 September 2022

    The 2022 edition of the International Journal of Labour Research comes at a critical time, marked both by multidimensional crises affecting many countries around the world and by a surge in the attraction and influence of trade unions in responding to these crises. This year edition highlights the experiences of trade union revitalization worldwide with an emphasis on trade union unity and cooperation and the challenge of organizing new forms of work including platforms workers where young people are over-represented.

  3. Old-age pension models worldwide from an ILO perspective: What workers’ organizations need to know

    14 September 2022

    This policy brief aims to show evidences that workers’ organizations can make a vital contribution to informed discussions on pension reform policies and their implementation at the national level.

  4. Closing gender gaps in social protection: What workers’organizations need to know

    14 September 2022

    This policy brief provides an overview of the root causes of gender-related social protection gaps and the ILO’s strategy for filling them.

  5. Creating fiscal space for financing social protection: What workers’ organizations need to know

    14 September 2022

    This policy brief intends to provide workers’ representatives with a better understanding of the challenges related to the creation of fiscal space for social protection financing and the different policy options to overcome these challenges with a view to effectively contributing to policy discussions on mobilizing resources for adequate investments in universal social protection at country level.

  6. Extending social protection coverage to informal economy workers: What workers’ organizations need to know

    14 September 2022

    This policy brief aims at helping workers' representatives to better understand the complexity of and the challenges for extending social protection coverage to workers in the informal economy, and the different policy choices which countries have implemented to overcome these challenges.

  7. Workers’ guide to ILO Conventions concerning minimum standards of social security

    14 September 2022

    The guide aims to help workers’ representatives to promote the ratification of ILO standards, and in particular Convention No. 102, and to ensure their application at national level as a basis for progressively extending adequate and sustainable social protection to all.

August 2022

  1. Trade unions in transformation: Experiences from Europe and Central Asia

    31 August 2022

    The aim of this study is to look at seven cases of trade unions actions in Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan in the years immediately before and during the COVID-19 crisis to identify lessons that can be learned for trade union revitalization and recovery from the crisis. This paper looks at positive experiences and innovative examples in a complicated trade union environment where labour and trade union rights are under pressure.

  2. Trade union revitalization: Experiences and key lessons from Southern Africa

    31 August 2022

    Within the framework of the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV) programme on “Trade Unions in Transformation-Actors for Change”, a number of studies have been commissioned to look at innovative practices and positive experiences of trade union revitalization in various regions around the world. This paper focuses on good practices related to trade union revitalization in the Southern Africa region.

July 2022

  1. Decent work deficits among rural workers

    07 July 2022

    This report is a summary of the findings of 16 case studies commissioned by the ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV) in mid-2021 to examine the situation concerning decent work and existing opportunities for trade union organizing in rural economies in selected countries and economic sectors in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Eastern Europe.

June 2022

  1. Pay transparency legislation: Implications for employers' and workers' organizations

    21 June 2022

May 2022

  1. Social Dialogue Report 2022: Collective bargaining for an inclusive, sustainable and resilient recovery

    05 May 2022

    This first edition of this new ILO flagship report focuses on collective bargaining.

April 2022

  1. Dealing with crises arising from conflicts and disasters-ILO training manual for workers’ organizations

    06 April 2022

    This training manual focusses on situations that are at the crossroads of humanitarian assistance, development, peacebuilding and resilience. It contributes to anchoring the role of the ILO and the social partners across this field. The manual offers practical guidance to workers’ organizations in taking a central role towards contributing to the prevention and mitigation of the effects of conflicts and disasters; engage in early warning and preparedness; assist in the immediate response in a conflict-sensitive manner; promote long-term recovery; and contribute to sustaining peace.

December 2021

  1. Survey on the future demand for vocational training in the textile sector in Brazil

    15 December 2021

    The objective of the survey is to provide technical support to partners in the sector to design and implement professional training strategies that enable them to develop the skills necessary for the success and growth of industries, while ensuring that workers have access to decent and productive jobs.