News and press releases

This is a list of official ILO press releases issued by the ILO Country Office for South Pacific Island Countries. The most recent release is at the top.

June 2015

  1. Vanuatu Department of Labour launches Employment Services Vanuatu (ESV) and calls on registrations

    03 June 2015

    The three month pilot will focus on Shefa province and is designed to provide services to formal sector employees who lost jobs as a result of cyclone Pam and want to return to the workforce, including unemployed young people who are seeking career counselling, training and jobs.

  2. ILO conduct specialized training for gravel road construction in Vanuatu

    02 June 2015

    A unique approach to gravel road construction and maintenance was the focus of a two week specialized training for 23 local staff of the Island Based Contractors (IBC) and the Public Works Department (PWD) from Tanna, Vanuatu last week.

May 2015

  1. EU, ILO and ESCAP launch first ever labour Migration Statistics Guide for the Pacific Region

    29 May 2015

    The guide explains key concepts relevant to international labour migration statistics and makes concrete recommendations on how Pacific Island countries can move towards a harmonized system for collection and analysis of timely, accurate and relevant migration statistics.

  2. EU and UN Partner to Support Kiribati, Tuvalu and Nauru on Labour Migration Research

    27 May 2015

    Representatives from Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu are gaining the skills needed to tap into decent foreign employment opportunities at a workshop on Foreign Employment Research and Promotion which opened in Suva today. The three-day workshop is funded by the European Union through the Pacific Climate Change and Migration (PCCM) project.

  3. Vanuatu Department of Labour- Recovery phase of Cyclone Pam must achieve maximum employment outcomes

    08 May 2015

    The Government of Vanuatu, through the Department of Labour (DoL) convened a “National Dialogue on Designing and Implementing Emergency Employment & Livelihoods Programmes”.

  4. Preparedness for SME’s important to reduce loss of income during crisis

    08 May 2015

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) conducted a training for business trainers in Vanuatu on Business Continuity Plans (BCP).

  5. Water Tank Project completed in Solomon Islands

    05 May 2015

    The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) in partnership with ILO, handover a completed water tank project to the White River Community High School.

  6. South to South agency cooperation

    04 May 2015

    A delegation from the Papua New Guinea Department of Labour and Industrial Relations (DLIR) visited the Fiji Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations (MEPIR) office in Lautoka, Fiji, to discuss and learn more about the processes and good practices to set up and operationalizing a Child Labour Unit.

  7. Launch of ILO project signals Samoa’s commitment to Youth Employment

    01 May 2015

    Apia - Youth employment is a key priority in the development of Samoa, this is according to Youth Minister, Hon. Tolofuaivalelei Falemoe Leiataua, Minister of Women, Community and Social Development for Samoa.

April 2015

  1. Kiribati Parliament considers new labour legislation

    23 April 2015

    Two Bills to establish standards for occupational safety and health and to establish more comprehensive minimum terms and conditions of employment were introduced in the Kiribati Parliament.

  2. Cyclone PAM causes devastating impact on employment and livelihoods

    23 April 2015

    ILO Disaster Preparedness and Response

  3. ILO training to account for loss of employment and income during future crisis

    22 April 2015

    A training programme to build the capacity of local government, private sector, trade unions and NGO’s to better capture employment, livelihoods and social protection data in the Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA).

  4. ILO Social Partners sharing knowledge on Child Labour in the Pacific

    16 April 2015

    The ILO Office for Pacific Island Countries successfully concluded a four day forum in Nadi on 16th of April, 2015 with commitments made by tripartite stakeholders to collaborate and work on the child labour issues in their respective countries.

  5. ILO part of UN Joint Programme with UNDP, UNWomen and UN Habitat

    15 April 2015

    The ILO Office for Pacific Island Countries has been contributing to the development of a UN Joint Programme to support recovery efforts in Vanuatu. The joint programme supports recovery of communities and local government in the provinces and islands affected by Cyclone Pam, with the aim to promote restoration of livelihoods, community and local government infrastructure, debris clearance and building resilience with a special attention to women, young people and most vulnerable groups.

March 2015

  1. ILO welcomes Fiji tripartite agreement on labour relations

    25 March 2015

  2. ILO to coordinate and implement technical assistance as part of the national recovery and reconstruction phase in Vanuatu - Post Cyclone Pam

    25 March 2015

    The ILO Director General Mr Guy Ryder has personally written to the Government of the Republic of Vanuatu expressing on behalf of the ILO our deepest sympathy following the loss of lives and the immense devastation by Cyclone Pam

  3. Labour inspectors trained on foundation skills in Samoa

    11 March 2015

    Labour inspectors from the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour (MCIL) have taken part in a training organized in partnership with the International Labour Organization. MCIL continues to prioritize this improvement of its labour inspection functions as part of Samoa’s Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) 2013 -2016.

  4. International Labour Organization launches National Action Plan to address youth employment issues in Samoa

    10 March 2015

    Samoa's first national plan aimed at improving issues with youth employment in the country has been launched by the ILO.

February 2015

  1. Kiribati Develops a draft action plan to eliminate the worst forms of Child Labour

    26 February 2015

    This technical support by the ILO is part of the ILO’s Pacific sub-regional project on child labour and trafficking that is built on experiences of the TACKLE (Tackling child labour through education) project funded by the European Union.

  2. ILO to further tackle child labour in Fiji

    19 February 2015

    As part of a global effort to end child labour by 2016. The second phase of tackling child labour through education (TACKLE) has been launched in Fiji. The initiative funded by the European Union referred to as TACKLE II, will strengthen the systems and structures put in place by stakeholders engaged in the first TACKLE project from 2008 to 2013.