News and articles


  1. Press release

    Examining conditions of domestic workers and child domestic workers in South Sulawesi

    19 March 2012, Makassar, Indonesia

    To address issues related to domestic workers and child domestic workers and as an effort to provide recognition to domestic workers, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and SmartFM Makassar, a leading radio station in Makassar, will organize an interactive talkshow, “Problems and Solutions on Domestic Workers and Child Domestic Workers in South Sulawesi” on Monday, 19 March 2012, at Krakatau Ballroom, Horison Hotel, Makassar, South Sulawesi.

  2. Press release

    Viet Nam to host ASEAN seminar on unemployment protection and employability

    16 March 2012, Hanoi, Viet Nam

    Strategies to protect workers against unemployment, help them find better work will be reviewed at an ILO-ASEAN Seminar in Ho Chi Minh City, from 20 to 22 March 2012.

  3. Press release

    Examining conditions of domestic workers and child domestic workers in West Java

    15 March 2012, Bandung, Indonesia

    According to an ILO study in 2004, there were an estimated 2,593,399 domestic workers in Indonesia; of these, 1.4 million domestic workers were estimated to work in Java alone. The great majority of domestic workers are female with low educational levels; they mainly come from poor families in rural communities in Indonesia.

  4. Press release

    ILO launches video contest for young people

    14 March 2012, Bangkok, Thailand

    The ILO is launching a video contest for young people (aged 18 to 29 years) to allow them to show how the global jobs crisis is affecting their lives. Three winners will be invited to Geneva (all expenses paid) to attend the ILO Youth Employment Forum, to be held from 23 to 25 May 2012, where they will have the opportunity to present their videos.

  5. Press release

    Examining ratification of international migrant workers instruments

    13 March 2012, Jakarta, Indonesia

    As the second largest sending country, some 700,000 documented Indonesian migrant workers leave the country for work abroad, primarily in East and South East Asia as well as the Middle East. Of these, 78 per cent work as domestic workers. In 2009, around 4.3 million Indonesians were estimated to be working abroad.

  6. Press release

    International Women’s Day: ILO – APINDO to launch the Employers’ Guideline on Sexual Harassment at the Workplace

    08 March 2012, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Prevention of harassment in the workplace is both an international and national concern. It is internationally agreed that sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination and is recognized as a violation of human rights. Sexual harassment at work can happen to any worker at any workplace—offices, factories, plantations and farms, small and large enterprises.

  7. Press release

    Examining conditions of domestic workers and child domestic workers in East Java

    07 March 2012, Surabaya, Indonesia

    Domestic workers also represent the single largest group of female salaried workers toiling away in households of others in their own country or abroad. Despite of the importance of the role of domestic workers, domestic work is still not recognized as work.

  8. Press release

    Tuvalu ratifies the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006)

    06 March 2012, Tuvalu

    The Government of Tuvalu deposited with the International Labour Office the instrument of ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006). Tuvalu, which became an ILO member in 2008, is the fifth member State from the Asia-Pacific region – after Australia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands and Singapore – to have ratified the landmark Maritime Labour Convention, 2006.

  9. Press release

    ILO and the Embassy of Finland increase support to indigenous peoples in the Philippines

    29 February 2012, Manila, Philippines

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Embassy of Finland in Manila agreed to increase support to indigenous peoples in the Philippines, mainly the T’boli and Ubo tribes in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.

  10. Press release

    Civil society discussed Social Protection Floor in Thailand

    24 February 2012, Bangkok, Thailand

    Some 100 persons from civil society organizations (CSOs) and networks across Thailand working on issues related to the four guarantees within the Social Protection Floor (SPF) framework met in Bangkok on 23 February 2012. This included the network of older persons, children, HIV and AIDS and informal workers. The Forum was to promote civil society participation in the SPF process.