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August 2005

  1. News

    West African government, employer and labour leaders adopt new "roadmap" for migrant labour

    01 August 2005

July 2005

  1. Article

    Decent food at work: Raising workers' productivity and well-being

    28 July 2005

    In the workplace, the main concerns of employers and trade unions seem to be safety, wages and job security. The question how do workers eat while at work is not always given much thought, according to a new ILO study. Too often the workplace meal programme is either an afterthought or not even considered by employers. But access to healthy food is as essential as protection from workplace chemicals or noise. The study demonstrates that good nutrition at work is good business leading to gains in productivity and worker morale, prevention of accidents and premature deaths, and reductions in health-care costs. Adequate nourishment can raise national productivity levels by 20 per cent and a 1 per cent kilocalorie (kcal) increase results in a 2.27 per cent increase in general labour productivity.

  2. Article

    "Female future": employers' organizations address gender equity

    20 July 2005

    From Norway to New Zealand, via Croatia, Kenya, Jamaica, Malaysia and the Philippines, there is almost universal recognition that equality and educational opportunities for men and women and a better balance between work and family life are vital elements in achieving equality in employment. Though the situation of women varies considerably between countries, a new ILO study on employers' organizations addressing gender equity reveals that almost everywhere more could be done to promote effective gender equality in practice.

  3. Video


    15 July 2005

    The International Labour Organization has found that nearly half of the world’s unemployed are under the age of 24. In Jamaica, the National Training Agency, known as HEART, gives young people the skills they need. ILO TV profiles the manager of a hotel school, who not so long ago was a trainee herself.

  4. Video


    07 July 2005

    An ILO study detailed 42 cases of forced labour in Germany, where migrant workers in particular find themselves tricked into situations where they are forced to work for low pay -- or no pay. ILO TV reports from Germany on a new union set up especially for workers away from home.

  5. Video

    Ukraine: child labour in mining

    07 July 2005

    In Ukraine, most legally-operated coal mines closed down following the break-up of the Soviet Union. Yet many families still dig for coal in illegal mines and children are expected to work, too. The International Labour Organization is working together with trade unions and the government to put an end to child labour and create new jobs.

  6. Video


    07 July 2005

    Many victims of trafficking leave home voluntarily in a desperate search for work, only to find themselves exploited. In the hills of Northern Thailand, efforts are being made to offer women and children alternative sources of income to encourage them to stay at home. ILO TV reports on how an anti- trafficking programme is supporting the development of eco-tourism.

June 2005

  1. Video


    29 June 2005

    More than 90 per cent of all jobs created in Africa are in the informal sector, many of them in small open-air workshops. In Kenya, this kind of business is known as jua kali, or “fierce sun” and now well-established employers are working together with the ILO to link up with the informal sector to raise quality and working conditions.

  2. Video

    Children Exploited in Mongolian Gold Rush

    27 June 2005

    Many of those working in makeshift Mongolian gold mines are children whose families seek a way out of poverty. The ILO is trying to remove these children from one of the most hazardous jobs in the world.

  3. Video


    24 June 2005

    As well as countless lives, hundreds of thousands of jobs were lost in the Asian tsunami. Through an employment network and business start-up courses, the International Labour Organization is helping survivors get back to work.