Working Papers, vehicles for disseminating information on a range of topics related to the world of work and the evolution of social and labour policies and practices for a given sector, are regularly published and widely disseminated. Background reports and issues papers, which provide more in-depth analysis on specific issues, are also published for discussion at international tripartite meetings and global dialogue fora.


The Sectoral Policies Department is the ILO’s repository of knowledge on sector-specific labour and social issues. Research and studies conducted, in line with the ILO’s research policies, deal with emerging and priority issues of strong interest for ILO’s sectoral constituents.


  1. Publication

    Promoting fair globalization in textiles and clothing in a post-MFA environment. Report TMTC-PMFA/2005

    16 September 2005

    The report presents a picture of the situation, as it stands, a few months after the abolition of quotas in the textile and clothing manufacturing sector. It analyses some lessons and experiences drawn from attempts to develop integrated strategies towards fair globalization in textiles and clothing and suggests some elements that could be incorporated into a Collaborative Agenda for Action where all the actors concerned would have shared responsibilities.

  2. Publication

    ILO nursing personnel Convention No. 149: recognize their contribution, address their needs

    31 July 2005

    Gives the texts of the ILO Nursing Personnel Convention, 1977 (No. 149) and Nursing Personnel Recommendation, 1977 (No. 157). Explains the addressed issues, and lists the countries that have ratified the Convention. Appends suggestions concerning a practical application of the standards.

  3. Publication

    Response of the education sector in the Commonwealth Caribbean to the HIV/AIDS epidemic: A preliminary overview

    01 April 2005

  4. Publication

    Safety and health in ports. ILO code of practice.

    16 February 2005

    This essential code of practice, intended to replace both the second edition of the ILO Code of Practice on Safety and Health in Dock Work (1977) and the ILO Guide to Safety and Health in Dock Work (1976), provides valuable advice and assistance to all those charged with the management, operation, maintenance and development of ports and their safety.

  5. Publication

    Using the ILO Code of Practice on HIV/AIDS and the world of work - Guidelines for the transport sector

    01 January 2005

    These guidelines use the code of practice on HIV/AIDS, and its accompanying training manual. The present guidelines for the transport sector look first (in Section I) at some of the specific problems facing transport – the emphasis is on road transport but consideration is also given to other transport industries. They then present an overview of initiatives that have been taken, first at the legal and policy level then at the workplace, to address the occupational and behavioural risks associated with transport. Section II incorporates examples of action and guidance based on lessons learnt. The final section takes the reader through the code of practice and training manual, and shows where transport sector operators and authorities can find relevant provisions, explanations and advice to help them develop and implement HIV/AIDS programmes.

  6. Publication

    Joint ILO/WHO guidelines on health services and HIV/AIDS

    01 January 2005

    The purpose of these guidelines is to promote the sound management of HIV/AIDS in health services, including the prevention of occupational exposure. Furthermore, the purpose is to ensure that health-care workers have decent, safe and healthy working conditions, while ensuring effective care that respects the needs and rights of patients, especially those living with HIV/AIDS. These guidelines rest on the basic principle that the process of policy development and implementation should be the result of consultation and collaboration between all concerned parties, based on social dialogue and including, to the extent possible, persons and workers living with HIV/AIDS. They take a rights-based approach to HIV/AIDS, as promoted by the Declaration of Commitment and the international community at large, expanding on ILO and WHO HIV/AIDS and occupational safety and health instruments.

  7. Publication

    Privatization of energy in the Argentine Republic – Losses and gains as seen by a trade union

    01 January 2005

    Working Paper 233

  8. Publication

    The issues of fatigue and working time in the road transport sector

    01 January 2005

    Working Paper 232

  9. Publication

    The inspection of occupational safety and health in ports: a review of existing guidance and practice

    01 January 2005

  10. Publication

    Port Safety and Health Audit manual

    01 January 2005