Labour

Continued economic stimulus measures key for job creation – UN report

A premature withdrawal of national economic stimulus packages could delay a jobs recovery boon for years and throw 40 million more people worldwide on to welfare, a new United Nations report warned today.

Employment recovery depends on leadership, UN labour chief tells jobs summit

The head of the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) told a global jobs summit in Geneva that leadership is crucial for rapid recovery of employment amid the ongoing economic downturn.

Working women changing traditional roles in Latin America and Caribbean: UN report

An increase of Latin American and Caribbean women in the workforce is challenging the traditional interplay between work and family life, a joint United Nations report said today, adding that responding to this phenomenon is an essential step towards gender equality and more productive economies.

Financial crisis could push more girls into child labour, UN agency warns

The financial crisis threatens to push more children – especially girls – into child labour, the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) said in a new report.

Government, business leaders gather to tackle global jobs crisis – UN

A United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) meeting, drawing Heads of Governments and industry, kicked off today, seeking to find ways to address the impact of the global economic and financial crisis on employment and social protection.

UN labour agency raises estimates of world unemployment

The International Labour Organization (ILO) today revised upwards its estimates of worldwide unemployment, and called for a “global jobs pact” to address the current crisis.

Governments, oil workers focus on impact of economic crisis at UN forum

Representatives of governments, oil companies and workers today began a week-long meeting hosted in Geneva by the United Nations labour agency to discuss the impact of the global economic downturn on employment in the oil and gas sector.

UN labour chief cautions against lowered standards on world safety day

Marking this year’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work, the head of the United Nation’s labour arm warned against a relaxation of standards due to the global economic crisis.

UN labour agency calls for work, social initiatives to offset global crisis

To prevent a worst-case scenario of some 200 million workers pushed into extreme poverty, mostly in developing countries, the United Nations labour agency today called on Governments to prioritize productive investment, decent work and social protection in their responses to the global financial crisis.