ILO in the media


  1. BBC World News

    Disturbing rise in global unemployment, says ILO

    22 January 2013

    Global unemployment is on the rise again, according to the ILO's Global Employment Trends 2013 report. 4.2 million more people joined the unemployed in 2012, and another 5.1 million more are expected to become unemployed in 2013 . With consumers not spending, firms not investing and banks not lending sufficiently, the weakness in aggregate demand is having a negative effect on the labour market. Austerity programs have also limited opportunities for employment growth, says Moazam Mahmood, Director of the ILO Economic and Labour Market Analysis Department, in an interview with the BBC.

  2. Al Jazeera

    Numbers of domestic workers have increased, but working benefits have not kept up, says the ILO

    09 January 2013

    The ILO estimates that 30% of the nearly 53 million domestic workers worldwide do not enjoy any legal protection, and 45% of them are not entitled to any weekly rest or paid leave. ILO's Malte Luebker told Al Jazeera English that Asia has the least protection for domestic workers and stressed the importance for those countries to ratify the newly adopted ILO convention on domestic workers.

  3. BBC Business Edition

    The ILO calls for tough legal protection for domestic workers

    09 January 2013

    Only 10% of the world's 53 million domestic workers enjoy adequate labour rights. Over half of them have no legal limit on their working hours and do not receive a minimum wage. In addition, 45% of domestic workers worldwide are not entitled to rest periods. In a live interview on the BBC's "Business Edition", ILO's Martin Oelz, explained how domestic workers are more vulnerable to exploitation as their jobs are often not even considered as work and their workplaces are households beyond the usual reach of labour inspection systems. Oelz stressed that legal protection is key to achieve decent and better conditions for domestic workers.

  4. Bangkok Post

    Force for labour

    08 January 2013

    During his visit to Thailand, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder talked to the Bangkok Post about Thailand’s 300 baht minimum wage, migrant workers’ rights and what motivated him during his career and campaign to lead the ILO.

  5. Euronews

    Increases in child labour over past four years a worrying trend, says ILO

    04 January 2013

    Euronews reports on efforts to tackle child labour in Benin and India. Recent increases in child labour in Africa are a major concern, and despite progress in addressing child labour in South Asia, it remains the area with the greatest concentration of child labour globally. With 215 million child labourers worldwide and over half in the worst forms of child labour, ILO expert Patrick Quinn says we need to make more progress to get all children out of work and into school.


  1. CNBC World Wide Exchange

    ILO Chief: US needs 10 million new jobs to get to pre-crisis levels

    10 December 2012

    In the US, three million jobs are needed just to replace the pre-crisis loss, and additional seven million will be needed to absorb the people coming into the job market, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said in a special CNBC World Wide Exchange. Such ambition is required to go along with a better job creation, added the ILO Chief concluding that we will see quite a lot of employment relocation, especially in the manufacturing sector and that countries like the US need to be ready to exploit new opportunities as they arise.

  2. NBC

    Wage growth still far below pre-crisis level, warns the ILO

    07 December 2012

    The continuing crisis is having a negative impact in the labour market in a number of ways, and particularly on the evolution of wages according to the ILO's Global Wage Report 2012-13. US television network NBC reports that wages grew at a lower pace than labour productivity over a decade in the majority of countries for which data are available.

  3. BBC World Business Report

    Falling labour share cause for concern, says ILO

    07 December 2012

    BBC World Business Report discusses the rebalancing of economic power between developed and developing nations and whether workers are getting a fair share of the profits as productivity rises in the global economy.

  4. CCTV

    Institutional barriers for people with disabilities still an obstacle, says ILO

    03 December 2012

    Around 85 million people with disabilities live in China and despite progress made over the past 30 years, there are many challenges to ensure their equality and dignity. ILO Beijing Director Ann Herbert appeared on CCTV's 'Dialogue' saying that infrastructure and institutional barriers must be improved in China. She also noted that cultural barriers must be broken down to create an inclusive society.

  5. Voice of America

    There are still 215 million child labourers worldwide, the ILO estimates

    27 November 2012

    There is a growing sense that child labour is an intractable problem, perpetuated in part by the continued global economic downturn resulting in an increasing number of families mired in poverty. Over the past few years, the rate of reduction in child labour has slowed significantly which unfortunately contributes to the long term development challenges leaving countries unprepared and uncompetitive in the globalised marketplace. What can be done to enhance international efforts to eradicate child labor? The Voice of America interviews an ILO official, Kevin Cassidy (in New York) to explore the challenges and discuss effective strategies to put an end to child labour.