Comment and analysis


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    Labour migration

    International cooperation is essential to promote migrant domestic workers’ rights

    27 May 2016

    Sharing good practice and experience in both countries sending and receiving workers is key to improve migrant domestic workers’ rights, says Maria Elena Valenzuela, Project Coordinator, ILO Global Action Programme on Migrant Domestic Workers and Their families. outlines the findings of the latest research on the impact of stress in the workplace.

  2. Blog

    What’s on the agenda at this year’s International Labour Conference?

    27 May 2016

    The 105th Session of the International Labour Conference gets under way in Geneva, Switzerland from 30 May – 10 June. Here’s a primer on the main issues that will be discussed.

  3. Skills

    Why demand-driven apprenticeships make sense in increasing the employment prospects of young people and in closing skills gaps

    24 May 2016

    Participating in apprenticeships is but one of many ways employers can acquire and develop the skills they need, while improving the employability of the younger generation. In this article, Michael Axmann, ILO Senior Skills Specialist, provides the Global Skills for Employment Knowledge Sharing Platform an overview of his experience in implementing the ILO’s quality apprenticeship programme and how it opens up pathways to skilled employment.

  4. Blog

    How do workers fare in the gig economy?

    20 May 2016

    A pair of studies by the ILO examines the working conditions of gig economy workers, whose classification as freelancers often leaves them without protection.

  5. Blog

    How to reach a new audience with the bread-and-butter of the ILO?

    13 May 2016

  6. InfoStories

    Laying the foundations of social justice

    12 May 2016

    The ILO is a UN specialized agency dealing with labour issues. Its main aims are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues. In 1969, the Organization received the Nobel Peace Prize.

  7. InfoStories

    Can collective bargaining create a fairer economy?

    12 May 2016

    Collective bargaining allows employers, employers’ organizations and trade unions to address work-related issues together and negotiate a collective agreement. A collective agreement typically covers issues such as wages, working time and other working conditions, and outlines the rights and responsibilities of the workers and employers involved.

  8. InfoStories

    Deceptive recruitment and coercion

    12 May 2016

    Forced labour can take many different forms. Victims are often tricked into jobs where they are paid little or nothing and then cannot leave because they have been manipulated into debt or had their identity documents confiscated. Poverty, illiteracy, discrimination and migration are some of the factors that make workers more vulnerable to forced labour.

  9. InfoStories

    Tackling sex discrimination through pay equity

    12 May 2016

    Discrimination at work is a violation of a basic human right. Workers may be discriminated against on many different grounds, including their sex, with women being particularly discriminated against with respect to their pay.

  10. InfoStories

    Child labour in agriculture

    12 May 2016

    Children all over the world are being exploited, prevented from going to school, or pushed into work that endangers their health and normal development. In many regions, child labour is found mainly in agricultural contexts, where fatalities, severe accidents and diseases are common.