Press releases

July 1998

  1. Press release

    Violence on the Job - a Global Problem

    20 July 1998

    GENEVA (ILO News) - France, Argentina, Romania, Canada and England have reported the highest rates of assaults and sexual harassment on the job, says the International Labour Office (ILO) in a new report, the most extensive worldwide survey of violence in the workplace.

June 1998

  1. Press release

    Governing Body Elects New Officers Committee on Freedom of Association Sees Progress in Indonesia Appoints Commission of Inquiry to Nigeria

    19 June 1998

    GENEVA (ILO News) - Meeting in Geneva today, the Governing Body of the ILO elected as chairman of its 1998-99 session, Mr. Nobutoshi Akao, Ambassador Plenipotentiary of the Government of Japan in Geneva. He replaces Mr. Ahmed Ahmed el Amawy, Minister of Manpower and Immigration of Egypt, who served as chairman during the 1997-98 session.

  2. Press release

    Fundamental Rights Declaration Clears Final Hurdle ILO Conference Seeks End to Child Labour Abuses

    18 June 1998

    GENEVA (ILO News) - In a decision reaffirming the commitment of the international community to uphold fundamental rights in the workplace, delegates to the 86 th International Labour Conference today adopted by an overwhelming vote a solemn ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, committing the Organization's 174 member States to respect the principles inherent in seven core labour standards and promoting their universal application. The vote was 273 for, and zero against, with 43 abstentions. A quorum of 264 was necessary for the motion to pass.

  3. Press release

    U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Addresses 86 th International Labour Conference

    10 June 1998

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, in an address today to delegates at the 86 th International Labour Conference, said "there is no room for anyone anywhere to be complacent in relation to human rights."

  4. Press release

    Indonesia Pledges to Respect Trade Union Rights Ratifies Key ILO Convention No. 87

    10 June 1998

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The Director-General of the ILO, Michel Hansenne, applauded the decision of the Government of Indonesia to ratify ILO core Conventions, including No. 87 (Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize, 1948), which was ratified in Jakarta on 5 June, 1998.

  5. Press release

    His Excellency Rafael Caldera, President of Venezuela addresses 86 th International Labour Conference

    09 June 1998

    GENEVA (ILO News) - Addressing a special sitting of the 86 th International Labour Conference today, President Rafael Caldera said that while globalization and market economics are inevitable and potentially positive developments "there are also characteristics of globalization which must be dealt with carefully so that they will not cause harm to humanity."

  6. Press release

    Opening of the 86 th International Labour Conference

    02 June 1998

    GENEVA (ILO News) - Amidst calls for the abolition of child labour and the strengthening of fundamental human rights in the workplace, the 86 th annual International Labour Conference (ILC) got underway in Geneva today in the company of hundreds of marchers for whom the ILC was the final destination in a Global March that has crossed over 100 countries this year.

May 1998

  1. Press release

    Final Debate on Fundamental Human Rights Declaration Delegates to 86 th International Labour Conference Target Child Labour

    29 May 1998

    GENEVA (ILO News) ­ Delegates to the 86 th session of the International Labour Conference, which gets underway in Geneva on Tuesday, 2 June, are set to debate the text of a groundbreaking declaration on fundamental human rights at work.

  2. Press release

    International Labour Conference 2-18 June 1998

    28 May 1998

    GENEVA (ILO News) ­ The 86 th Session of the International Labour Conference will open on Tuesday, 2 June at the United Nations Assembly Hall in Geneva and remain in session until Thursday, 18 June.

  3. Press release

    Indonesia releases Detained Trade Unionists

    26 May 1998

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The Director-General of the ILO, Mr. Michel Hansenne, has welcomed the decision of the new Indonesian Government to release Mr. Muchtar Pakpahan, President of the Serikat Buruh Sejahtera Indonesia, and several of his colleagues, who are members of Indonesia's independent trade union confederation.