UN labour agency creates prize for ‘decent work research’

The United Nations’ labour agency today created a new annual award for an individual making an “outstanding contribution to the advancement of knowledge” about its “central goal of decent work for all” and called for nominations.

Majority of world’s child workers employed in agriculture, says UN agency

Agricultural work accounts for some 70 per cent of child labour worldwide, forcing children to work long hours, operate dangerous machinery, and carry loads that are too heavy for their growing bodies, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

Joining in World Cup football fever, UN agency to wave ‘red card’ against child labour

With World Football Cup fever in full swing, the United Nations labour agency is preparing to wave a symbolic ‘Red Card’ against child work as part of a series of global events beginning this week to mark the World Day Against Child Labour.

World needs 430 million new jobs by 2015, mainly in developing countries – UN

Some 430 million new jobs will be required over the next decade to keep pace with a growing labour force, mostly in developing countries, through policies replacing jobless with “job-rich” growth, according to the head of the United Nations labour agency.

Number of child labourers worldwide dips but challenges remain: UN agency

Child labour, especially in its worst forms, is in decline for the first time across the globe, the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) said today in a report which cautions that despite welcome progress, the fight against the scourge is still a “daunting challenge” and much remains to be done.

UN labour agency targets forced servitude in Latin America

With 1.3 million victims of forced work in Latin America, representing more than 10 per cent of the global total, the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) aims to drastically reduce such hash servitude over the next 10 years, according to a report it released today.

UN work agency calls for investment in job creation, end to forced labour

The governing body of the United Nations labour agency has ended its latest session by calling for global investment in the creation of decent jobs, while also expressing “profound concern” the lack of progress in ending forced labour in Myanmar.

UN environmental agency and organized labour work to keep environment clean

Leaders from more than 150 trade unions representing millions of workers around the globe agreed today to wrap environmental rights – such as access to water and energy – into their definition of traditional workers’ rights at a meeting hosted in Nairobi by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).