March 2012

  1. Document

    New ILO Working Paper: "Social dialogue and collective bargaining in times of crisis: The case of Greece"

    08 March 2012

    This paper is part of a series of national studies on collective bargaining and effective responses to the crisis under the Global Product on ‘Supporting collective bargaining and sound industrial relations’. It analyses the profound impacts of the financial crisis on industrial relations institutions and practices in Greece. A series of austerity measures have been put in place through new legislation. These include prohibition of salary increases, cuts in pay and benefits for public-sector employees, limits on public-sector hiring, increases in VAT and other taxes, changes in the limitations on mass layoffs and levels of severance compensation payments, and introduction of sub-minimum wages for new entrants to the labour market and those who are on apprenticeships.

February 2012

  1. News

    Global Employment Trends 2012: World faces a 600 million jobs challenge

    10 February 2012

    On the eve of the World Economic Forum in Davos and a week before the EU Summit on 30 January 2012 in Brussels, the International Labour Organization (ILO) publishes its annual flagship report on global employment: “Global Employment Trends 2012: Preventing a deeper jobs crisis”.

  2. News

    The social protection floor at the European Parliament

    09 February 2012

    In January 2012, the Green Group at the European Parliament (EP) organised a Conference Debate on Social Protection. ILO-Brussels presented the ILO’s initiatives on strengthening the coverage of social protection as a response to the financial, economic and social crisis.

January 2012

  1. News

    New Belgian ratifications of ILO Conventions

    31 January 2012

    The ILO-Brussels office welcomes the renewed ratification efforts by Belgium on up-to-date ILO Conventions, following a prolonged period of inactivity. Employers and workers in the Belgian National Labour Council insisted on the importance of ratifications as federal and regional laws and practices are in conformity with the ILO instruments and as Belgian constituents contribute actively to the ILO standard setting and application activities.

  2. News

    Media Advisory: ILO to issue annual report on global employment trends and the jobs crisis

    17 January 2012

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) is to issue its annual Global Employment Trends report (GET) against the background of a lingering jobs crisis and the prospects of a further deterioration of economic activity.

December 2011

  1. News

    ILO releases report on the High Level Mission to Greece of September 2011

    16 December 2011

  2. News

    The Netherlands ratifies the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006)

    13 December 2011

    The Netherlands becomes the sixth EU member state, after Spain, Bulgaria, Denmark, Latvia and Luxembourg to ratify the landmark convention.

  3. News

    Belgium - ILO partnership on promoting and reinforcing social dialogue in the Maghreb

    11 December 2011

    The new Belgian Employment Minister Monica De Coninck, the ILO Office and tripartite delegations of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia launched on 8 December 2011 in Brussels a partnership on promoting and reinforcing social dialogue in Maghreb countries.

November 2011

  1. News

    EU communication on future development policy supports decent work

    18 November 2011

    The European Commission communication of 13 October 2011, “An Agenda for Change”, presents the guiding principles for future EU external development policy. The Agenda recognizes the significance of promoting decent work covering job creation and the guarantee of rights at work, social protection and social dialogue.

  2. News

    EU Commissioner László Andor calls for stronger focus on jobs as Europe faces “turbulent and tough times”

    14 November 2011

    The European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, László Andor, called for a reinforced focus on job creation as Europe struggles to stave off the worsening economic outlook.