News, articles and statements

May 2023

  1. © Hiraman 2023


    When race holds you back in the workplace

    24 May 2023

    Race discrimination in the workplace is a reality for many Black people, despite a multitude of ‘diversity and inclusion’ initiatives. Systemic racism, microaggressions and biases mean the world of work is far from being a level playing field, say the guests of the latest Future of Work podcast.

  2. © ILO/F. Latief 2023


    ILO welcomes the ASEAN Declaration on Placement and Protection of Migrant Fishers

    19 May 2023

    The issuance of the ASEAN Declaration on Placement and Protection of Migrant Fishers is in line with ILO’s work in Indonesia to strengthen and support the realization of decent working conditions for Indonesian fishers within the country and abroad.

  3. Press release

    New agricultural sector OSH guide and training launched in Lebanon

    17 May 2023

    The ILO “Occupational Safety and Health Guide in Agriculture” is set to increase OSH efficiency and boost the provision of safe workplaces to guarantee the workers’ health and the sector’s productivity

  4. News

    New research on occupational safety and health professionals now available

    16 May 2023

    The research provides a review of OSH qualification systems across 14 countries highlighting differences and similarities regarding regulation, education, training, and qualification, and context surrounding OSH professionals employed in workplaces to carry out functions for OSH management.

  5. © J. Reyes / ILO 2023

    ILOSTAT Blog

    Nurses and midwives: Overworked, underpaid, undervalued?

    12 May 2023

    In May, we recognize International Day of the Midwife and International Nurses Day, highlighting the important work of these healthcare professionals. However, nurses and midwives, mainly women, endure long hours and low pay. How can we enhance their working conditions and enable them to provide optimal care?

  6. Safety at work

    As temperatures soar worldwide, experts gather to tackle heat stress at work

    10 May 2023

    The Government of Qatar and the ILO held an international conference on occupational heat stress in Doha on May 9-10, 2023. The conference brought together international experts, government officials, workers’ and employers’ organizations to share experiences and strategies to prevent and mitigate the impact of heat stress on workers worldwide.

  7. News

    The ILO participates in the 2023 Meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

    05 May 2023

  8. © ASA / Swissport 2023

    Aviation sector

    New recommendations call for human-centered approach in the aviation sector

    05 May 2023

    Delegates from governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations have adopted new recommendations to promote decent work and ensure the sustainability of the aviation sector.

  9. News

    Philippines launches Healthy Workplace Initiative on SafeDay

    02 May 2023

    On World Day for Safety and Health at Work, the Philippines rolls out its National Policy Framework on the Promotion of Healthy Workplace.

April 2023

  1. World Day for Safety and Health at Work

    Why safety and health at work is essential for social justice

    28 April 2023

    In a statement to mark World Day for Safety and Health, the ILO Director-General, Gilbert F. Houngbo, outlines the critical importance of safe and healthy working environments.

  2. News

    Indonesia to establish a national team for joint labour inspection in the fishing sector

    27 April 2023

    The ILO’s 8.7 Accelerator Lab continues to support Indonesia in developing and finalizing a Field Guide on Labour Inspection On-Board Fishing Vessels as a tool that will be used by the national team for joint labour inspection in the sector.

  3. Our impact, their voices

    Other farmers need the knowledge I learned on Occupational Safety and Health

    27 April 2023

    After completing an ILO training programme on Occupational Safety and Health, Ziad Sa’ad, a beekeeper from Iraq’s southern city of Basra, is raising awareness among his community on the importance of safety at work.

  4. © A.B. Hussain / ILO 2023


    As a sewer worker, I want respect and safer working conditions

    27 April 2023

    Cleaning sewers is dangerous, hazardous work that can be lethal. Shafique Massih is a sewer worker in Lahore, Pakistan, calling for safer working conditions and greater respect for sanitation workers.

  5. InfoStory

    The Rana Plaza disaster ten years on: What has changed?

    24 April 2023

    Today, the garment industry is safer and the capacity of the Bangladeshi Government to oversee compliance is much stronger. But what challenges remain?

  6. © Naymuzzaman Prince / ILO 2023


    After Rana Plaza, I help prevent other tragedies from happening

    24 April 2023

    Ten years ago, Mohamed Abdur Rob was part of a team of firefighters who rescued garment workers trapped in the rubble of Rana Plaza after the building collapsed. Over 1100 people died. His experience motivated him to become a fire safety officer in a garment factory.

  7. © Naymuzzaman Prince / ILO 2023


    After Rana Plaza: How has safety improved for garment workers?

    24 April 2023

    The collapse of the Rana Plaza building in the outskirts of Dhaka on 24 April 2013 resulted in the deaths of over 1,100 people – mostly garment workers – and shone a global spotlight on workplace safety and labour rights in the Bangladesh garment industry. Ten years on, what has changed?

  8. 10th anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy

    Occupational safety and health key to achieve social justice, says ILO

    24 April 2023

    The ILO held a ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy, in which more than 1,130 workers lost their lives and thousands were injured when a garment factory collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 24 April 2013.

  9. Press release

    WHO, African Union Development Agency, and the International Labour Organization join forces to safeguard health workers in Africa

    12 April 2023

  10. World Day for Safety and Health at Work

    Indonesia to develop a five-year national OSH programme to better protect workers’ fundamental right

    10 April 2023

    Indonesia with support from the ILO is now in the process of developing and formulating its OSH national programmes for better, resilient implementation of OSH culture in the country and to better implement OSH as the fundamental right at work.

  11. News

    ILO and Indonesia’s Diponegoro University raise awareness of forced labour in the fishing sector

    07 April 2023

    The ILO's 8.7 Accelerator Lab in Indonesia collaborates with the Faculty of Economics and Business, Dipenogoro University (FEB Undip) to promote the inclusion of labour rights in business school education.