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June 2007

  1. Article

    Feature story from the Philippines: Making future harvests without child labour

    11 June 2007

    Seventy per cent of the world’s working children are in agriculture. From tending cattle to harvesting crops, handling dangerous machinery and spraying pesticides, over 132 million children aged 5 to 14 help produce the food we eat and the clothes we wear. Minette Rimando who works for the ILO’s Subregional Office in Manila reports from the Philippines.

  2. Video

    Informal economy work sees more working hours for men, less for women

    08 June 2007

    A new report from the ILO says that one in five workers worldwide work excessively long hours, up to 48 a week, often to merely make ends meet. The study also says women work shorter hours than men, most likely because they bear the brunt of responsibility for the unpaid work of taking care of the family and household.

  3. Article

    Role Reversal: When it comes to who works the longest hours, many Philippine women are the global exception

    08 June 2007

    A new ILO study says men average longer working hours in paid work than women in almost every country around the world for which data are available. The sole exception to this pattern is the Philippines where employed women were two to three times more likely than men to work exceptionally long hours of over 64 hours per week. Minette Rimando of the ILO’s Subregional Office in Manila reports from the Philippines.

  4. Video

    International Labour Conference - Speeches by Presidents of Chile and Ghana call Decent Work "a vital obligation" and ILO "an invaluable partner" in separate addresses(Original Version)

    04 June 2007

    Decent Work is "a vital obligation in every country and an ethical imperative for every nation", according to H.E. Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile as she addressed a special sitting of the 96th International Labour Conference. At a separate special sitting of the ILC, the delegates were told by H.E. John Agyekum Kufuor, President of Ghana that the ILO was an invaluable partner in reaching the country's development goals for 2015.

  5. News

    Presidents of Chile and Ghana address International Labour Conference

    04 June 2007

    H.E. Ms. Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile and H.E. Mr. John Kufuor, President of the Republic of Ghana and Chairperson of the African Union, addressed the ILO annual conference which is running in Geneva until the 15th of June.

  6. Video

    Albanian Deputy Minister Mr. Kastriot Sulka elected as President of the 96th Session of the International Labour Conference

    01 June 2007

    The 96th Session of the International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland elected as President, Mr. Kastriot Sulka, Deputy Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities of Albania, along with delegates from Brazil, France and Switzerland as Vice Presidents. Mr. Sulka gave his first address as President of the ILC during a plenary session on Friday, June 1st 2007.

  7. News

    MULTI Forum 2007 - Geneva, November 15-16 : ILO to celebrate 30th anniversary of its Declaration on Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy

    01 June 2007

    The International Labour Organization is to mark the 30th anniversary of the ILO’s groundbreaking Declaration on Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy in November of this year.

May 2007

  1. Video

    ILO expert Philippe Egger reports on workers’ situation in Occupied Arab Territories - May 31, 2007

    31 May 2007

    Arab occupied territories have seen a rapid and drastic drop in average income levels unprecedented in economic history, according to a new report from the ILO on the occupied Arab territories. ILO expert Philippe Egger was part of the mission sent to the region to assess the impact on workers there.

  2. Article

    Improving living and working conditions in the fishing sector - 96th session of the International Labour Conference

    29 May 2007

    Delegates to the 96th International Labour Conference will consider a new international labour standard that revises the seven existing ILO standards on fishing adopted between 1920 and 1966. The discussions will focus on living and working conditions of some 30 million people who work in the global fishing sector, one of the world’s most dangerous. ILO Online reports from Ireland where the loss of two trawlers and seven fishermen has brought the sector to the forefront of public attention.

  3. Article

    International Nurses Day (12 May 2007) - Positive practice in the health sector: Quality workplaces equal quality patient care

    10 May 2007

    In 2006, the World Health Organization identified the global health workforce crisis, including the critical shortage of nurses, as a priority item for action. The reasons for the health care and nursing crisis are varied and complex, but dangerous and unhealthy work environments are key among them.