Labour

Wage cuts for millions likely next year, UN labour agency warns

Wages for millions of workers around the world will be slashed next year because of the current global financial turmoil, the United Nations International Labour Office (ILO) cautioned in a new report today.

Ban calls for reversal of ‘slow’ progress in achieving gender parity at UN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has exhorted the United Nations to take urgent actions to reverse the “regrettable trend” of sluggish advances made towards achieving gender parity in the Organization.

Policy coherence crucial to ensure equal globalization gains – UN labour chief

Unions, businesses and politicians must promote policies in concert so to prevent a backlash against “unbalanced, unfair and unsustainable” globalization, the head of the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) said today.

Progress toward a safer workplace has reached 'plateau' – new UN report

A “plateau” has been reached in achieving a safe, decent and healthy workplace, despite major economic, scientific and technical progress, according to a report released today by the UN International Labour Organization (ILO).

Greater access to education key to combating child labour – UN

The United Nations is urging improved access to education as the right response to address the plight of the estimated 165 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 worldwide who are involved in child labour.

World must tackle ‘globalization without social justice’ – UN official

The international community urgently needs to take counter measures to head off “globalization without social justice,” according to the head of the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO).

New website showcases joint activities of UN labour and agriculture agencies

Two United Nations agencies dealing with labour and agriculture today launched a new website designed to highlight the many areas in which they work together, including youth employment, safety and health and crisis management.

Year-long UN campaign spotlights gender equality in the workplace

The United Nations labour agency is launching a year-long global campaign to highlight how various issues in the workplace affect men and women in different ways, in particular in accessing rights, employment and social protection.

UN agency pledges to help Pakistan tackle abusive child labour practices

The United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) has partnered with the European Commission (EC) for a five-year project to help Pakistan curb abusive child labour and take 10,000 children out of hazardous workplaces.

New work rules could help fight against HIV/AIDS, UN labour agency says

Many countries are taking significant steps to tackle the issue of HIV/AIDS in the workplace and their new regulations could help in the fight against scourge, according to the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO).