UN labour agency and financial institution plan to help African women entrepreneurs

The United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) and the African Development Bank said today that they will offer new support to women entrepreneurs who are playing an ever-increasing role in the economies of African countries despite limited access to land, credit and training.

UN labour chief hails Summit of Americas for focus on decent job creation

he United Nations labour agency has hailed the recent Summit of the Americas for succeeding "in an unprecedented way" in making the creation of decent jobs a central policy goal in the region.

UN labour organization says global employment seriously lagging economic growth

In contrast to world economic growth of 5 per cent, world employment has only grown by 1.67 per cent in 2004, a situation that is not politically, socially and economically sustainable, according to the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO).

Work-related accidents taking heavy toll, UN says

Some 2.2 million people die of work-related accidents and diseases each year, and this number may be vastly under-estimated due to poor reporting in many developing countries where the rate seems to be rising, according to a new United Nations report which paints a grim picture for much of the global workforce.

Asia beset by highest ever unemployment, says UN labour group

Unemployment reached a new record high in Asia, job growth remained disappointing, and low wages failed to raise the living standard of many despite a robust economy that grew more than 7.3 per cent in 2004, the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) said in a report issued on the eve of the UN World Summit.

UN labour group urges five Governments to protect freedom of association

The United Nations labour organization has urged the Governments of Cambodia, Colombia, Iran, Myanmar and Zimbabwe to protect the freedom of association in their countries and put a halt to often deadly anti-union activities.

World conference of UN labour organization to tackle "global jobs crisis"

Concluding its annual world conference today, the United Nations labour agency approved a programme for its next year that focuses on the creation of decent work for more of the word's population, in a global economic environment that it said is creating jobs much too slowly.

More than a million children work in mines, “digging for survival,” UN says

To mark World Day against Child Labour on Sunday, the United Nations labour agency is spotlighting the problems of over a million children around the world who help to support their families by working as miners, often for small unregulated enterprises in dangerous conditions.

More than 12 million people are victims of forced labour, UN labour agency says

More than 12 million people are working in coercive, slavery-like conditions, but “many countries at present do not provide in their legislation for the specific offence of forced labour,” the United Nations labour agency says, calling for a new global alliance to abolish the system.

Samoa becomes UN labour agency’s 178th member

The small South Pacific country of Samoa has become the 178th Member State of the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO), which seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights.