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.

September 2014

  1. Support for Labour Law Reform in the Pacific

    19 September 2014

    There has been a growing commitment among ILO member States in the Pacific to better implement International Labour Standards through labour law reform. ILO is currently providing technical assistance to Kiribati, Palau, Samoa, Tuvalu, Tonga and Vanuatu

  2. ILO and World Bank promote development through well-regulated temporary migration

    08 September 2014

August 2014

  1. © Robert Harding / AFP 2022

    ILO to promote decent work in Small Island Developing States at SIDS Conference in Samoa

    25 August 2014

  2. ILO Supports seven young people to participate at the SIDS Youth Forum

    15 August 2014

    The International Labour Organization this week announced seven young people to take part in the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Youth Forum to take place on the 28th of August 2014 in Apia, Samoa

  3. ILO Office for Pacific Island Countries launches report “Decent Work and Social Justice in Pacific Small Island Developing States - Challenges, Opportunities and Policy Responses”

    12 August 2014

    To mark International Youth Day, The International Labour Organization (ILO) Office for Pacific Island Countries have launched a report, entitled “Decent Work and Social Justice in Pacific Small Island Developing States”.

  4. Improving data collection of labour statistics (including labour migration statistics)in Pacific Island Countries

    01 August 2014

    The ILO in collaboration with partners, UNESCAP and SPC has completed a sub-regional technical workshop on labour and migration statistics for Pacific Island Countries. This technical workshop took place from 28 July to 1 August 2014 in Nadi, Fiji and brought together government officials from the Ministry/Department of Labour and National Statistics Office from nine Pacific Island Countries, including an employer’s representative.

June 2014

  1. Students voices against child labour

    12 June 2014

    On June 12th students from schools in the greater Suva area added their voices and songs to the fight against child labour

  2. ILO offers training to officers, inmates in Solomon Islands

    03 June 2014

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) in collaboration with the Correctional Services Solomon Islands (CSSI) in Auki, Malaita province had successfully completed four days of community based entrepreneurs development (C-BED) training.

  3. Samoan Art Schools benefit from Youth Employment Programm (YEP) grants

    03 June 2014

    Three art schools have benefited from the UN Youth Employment Programme in Samoa.

May 2014

  1. ILO Director-General Report Stimulates Debate on Fair Labour Migration

    28 May 2014

    Migration is a key aspect of the world of work in the Pacific. Of all world regions, the Pacific has the highest per capita level of international mobility amongst its resident populations, especially those in Polynesia and Micronesia.

April 2014

  1. Samoa Workers Congress launched

    02 April 2014

    The newly formed Samoa Workers Congress is intended to be the national organisation that brings together all the worker organisations of the country, It will act as the national body for workers on the National Tripartite Forum between government, employers and employees.

  2. Tuvalu – a small island State tackles labour law reform

    01 April 2014

    Tuvalu is one of the ILO’s smallest Member States with a population of little more the 10,000 people spread across eight islands. Tuvalu, like a number of other countries in the Pacific region has labour legislation that has been in place for many decades with elements originating from in early colonial times.

March 2014

  1. The ILO Office for Pacific Island Countries Calls on Governments, Employers and Unions to Focus on Eliminating Gender Discrimination and Harassment in the workplace

    07 March 2014

    The occasion of International Women’s Day provides an important opportunity to reflect on progress towards gender equality in the labour markets of Pacific Island Countries.

  2. ILO body adopts new minimum monthly wage for seafarers

    06 March 2014

    The mechanism is the only one in the ILO for setting the basic wage for any industry.

December 2013

  1. ILO: Youth employment is a major challenge for young people in the Pacific

    07 December 2013

    ILO Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Mr Yoshiteru Uramoto highlighted that youth employment is a major challenge, faced by young people in the Pacific, when he addressed the 3rd Meeting of the Pacific Youth & Sports Ministers, in Noumea, New Caledonia on 7 December 2013.

November 2013

  1. Helping Pacific Islands to Manage Impacts of Climate Change on Migration

    14 November 2013

    Under the project, the ILO will undertake a range of activities to promote and improve regional labour mobility schemes. In particular, ILO will use its technical expertise to work with Kiribati, Tuvalu and Nauru to improve the countries’ data collection and analysis mechanisms for labour migration stocks and flows, and provide other support as required.

October 2013

  1. Sub-regional tripartite workshop on wages policies in the Pacific island

    29 October 2013

    Wage setting though minimum wages and collective bargaining agreements presents a number of practical challenges in the Pacific Island countries.

August 2013

  1. Progressing new labour laws in the Pacific Region

    27 August 2013

    For the last two and a half years the ILO Office of Pacific Island Countries has been working closely with Governments and representative organisations of employers and workers in developing new labour legislation to progressively improve compliance with international labour standards.

  2. Prioritising strategies to tackle discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace

    26 August 2013

    Discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace has been identified as a critical barrier to decent work for women in the Pacific. This is one of key outcomes of an ILO Technical Expert Meeting on Gender and Decent Work held in Suva in July.

  3. Pacific Island Countries benefit from ILO Maritime Labour Convention (MLC,2006)

    26 August 2013

    A new “bill of rights” – the ILO’s Maritime Labour Convention – comes into force, ensuring protection for the world’s 1.5 million seafarers and fair competition for shipowners.