Publications

April 2017

  1. Psychosocial risks, stress and violence in the world of work

    28 April 2017

    The aims of this issue of the International Journal of Labour Research are to raise the questions surrounding work-related stress, violence and harassment in the world of work, in order to respond to the need to revitalize the exchange of information in the labour movement on these topics. This issue of the Journal comprises five articles covering prevention of psychosocial risks and work-related stress, trade union perspectives and actions on psychosocial risks and violence and harassment, digitalization of work and associated risks, trade union responses to the psychosocial impacts of technological change in contemporary workplaces, and vulnerability of certain groups of workers to violence.

March 2017

  1. Violence and Harassment against Women and Men in the World of Work-Trade Union Perspective and Action

    08 March 2017

    Violence against women and men in the world of work is an abuse of power that affects the most marginalised workers. Women are disproportionately affected where unequal power relations, low pay, non-standard working conditions and other workplace abuses expose them to violence in the world of work. This report draws on the work of Global Union Federations and 35 national case studies from different sectors and countries across the world to show that through collective agreements, workplace policies and negotiations, campaigns and awareness raising, trade unions have taken constructive steps to tackle violence in the world of work. A key objective of the report is to promote a systematic approach to prevention and elimination of violence and harassment at work and to inform trade unions in building a strong position for the development of a standard-setting item at the International Labour Conference in 2018.

February 2017

  1. Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy Recommendation, 2015 (No. 204)-Workers' Guide

    24 February 2017

    The Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy Recommendation, 2015 (No. 204), adopted by the International Labour Conference (ILC) in June 2015, is the first international instrument dealing specifically with the informal economy. This Workers’ Guide was prepared with the objective of encouraging and assisting workers’ organizations at all levels to protect and promote the rights and working conditions of workers in the informal economy and to implement Recommendation No. 204.

November 2016

  1. Characteristics and Structure of the Union Movement in Lebanon

    17 November 2016

    The study covers the history and present characteristics of the trade union movement in Lebanon as well as the structure of trade union movements, the results of a field survey and recommendations for a future trade union development.

September 2016

  1. Conference Committee on the Application of Standards: Extracts from the Record of Proceedings (ILC 2016)

    23 September 2016

    The Conference Committee on the Application of Standards, a standing tripartite body of the International Labour Conference and an essential component of the ILO’s supervisory system, examines each year the report published by the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations.

August 2016

  1. Organizing Workers in the Informal Economy-Policy Brief

    30 August 2016

    The aim of this policy brief is to assist workers’ organizations in understanding and tackling the injustices and decent work deficits associated with employment in the informal economy. It provides information and proposes strategies that can be used to organize, protect and promote the rights and interests of informal economy workers. It has been produced following the adoption of the Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy Recommendation, 2015 (No. 204) by the International Labour Conference (ILC) in June 2015.

  2. Mwongozo Wa Vyama Vya Wafanyakazi

    29 August 2016

  3. The cost of migration: What low-skilled migrant workers from Pakistan pay to work in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates

    23 August 2016

    This report presents the findings of a survey on migration expenses that Pakistani workers paid to secure jobs in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The focus is on low-skilled migrants, who are the most vulnerable because of their low educational qualifications and limited asset base.

June 2016

  1. Global Framework Agreements: Achieving Decent Work in Global Supply Chains

    01 June 2016

    This report conducts a content analysis of the 54 most recent global framework agreements (GFAs) and an evaluation of 29 case studies on the implementation of GFAs to identify effective good-practice examples of GFAs promoting decent work in global supply chains by developing labour relations on a global scale.

March 2016

  1. Trade Unions and Child Labour: A tool for action

    24 March 2016

    The eradication of child labour is a necessary step on the path to decent work for all and for sustainable development. It requires political will at the national and global levels, implementation of all ILO conventions (particularly Conventions 138 and 182), investment in education and universal social protection, as well as decent work for adults. Trade unions have a vital role to play in bringing about these changes.

December 2015

  1. Protect Rights, Prevent HIV!

    17 December 2015

    Getting to Zero at Work: Inspirational voices from workers

  2. Decent work in global supply chains

    07 December 2015

  3. ILO Workers'Group Priorities (2014-2017)

    01 December 2015

    The 33 Worker members are elected every three years by all Worker delegates at the International Labour Conference through a secret ballot: their composition reflects regional and gender balance as well as a mix of developed and developing countries. They are supported in the discharge of their responsibilities by a Secretariat external to the ILO (the International Trade Union Confederation -ITUC Geneva Office) and, within the Office, by the ILO’s Bureau for Workers’ activities (ACTRAV).

November 2015

  1. Productivity improvement and the role of trade unions

    17 November 2015

October 2015

  1. Conference Committee on the Application of Standards: Extracts from the Record of Proceedings (ILC 2015)

    08 October 2015

    The Conference Committee on the Application of Standards, a standing tripartite body of the International Labour Conference and an essential component of the ILO’s supervisory system, examines each year the report published by the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations.

  2. Minimum wage and its relevance to socio-economic progress in the Lao People's Democratic Republic : A workers' perspective

    06 October 2015

    This paper examines empirical aspects of the regulatory and institutional frameworks and the process of minimum wage adjustment in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, as well as its actual implementation in different sectors – private, public and informal. Included is a review of collective bargaining coverage to measure how such agreements affect wage increases. It also analyses the relationship between the minimum wage and certain socio-economic developments, such as gross domestic product growth rates, consumer price indices, inflation rates, employment trends, the national and international poverty lines, labour productivity and social security coverage.

  3. Empowering unions and strengthening the Viet Nam General Confederation of Labour in the Better Work Programme: Public-Private Partnership

    06 October 2015

    The partnership is supporting workers’ organizations within Better Work – a multi-country innovative partnership between the ILO and the International Finance Corporation aimed at improving compliance with national labour law and core labour standards while enhancing business competitiveness. This project supports Better Work Viet Nam in particular.

July 2015

  1. Educating for Union Strength

    14 July 2015

    The handbook emphasizes the importance of training educators and focuses on ‘educating the union educator’ to implement education activities that are learner focused and based on the principles of solidarity and collectivism. It recognizes that education is a vital part of a union strategy and action plans because it encourages the involvement and confidence of workers to play a role in the union strengthening negotiations, representation and campaigns.

June 2015

  1. A just transition for all: Can the past inform the future?

    11 June 2015

    2015 is a decisive year for global agreements on Sustainable Development and climate change. The ILO calls for a just transition for all towards a greener and more socially sustainable economy. This Journal is focussing on drawing lessons from a few transition experiences in order to analyse how successfully (or not) these processes were managed in the past and how future transitions might be handled in a just manner. Challenges such as policy coherence, consultations and participation by all relevant stakeholders are addressed and lessons learned on these issues are highlighted in the Journal.

March 2015

  1. Workers’ group of ILO Governing Body 2014-2017: Who’s who?

    21 March 2015