Labour

Landmark UN labour treaty extends rights for domestic workers worldwide

A United Nations treaty entering into force today will extend the labour and social rights of some 53 million domestic workers around the world.

UN hails entry into force of new convention for global shipping industry

A new United Nations maritime labour convention – hailed as a “bill of rights” for the more than 1.5 million people employed by the shipping industry – comes into force today, aiming to ensure decent work conditions for seafarers while helping provide a level playing field for shipowners.

UN agencies call for better protection of children working in fishing industry

Governments must take measures to protect children from harmful work in small-scale fisheries and aquaculture, two United Nations agencies stressed today, noting that many are exposed to hazardous working conditions even when their countries have signed treaties to protect them.

‘Green jobs,’ poverty and role of women top agenda at start of UN labour conference

Demography and technology are helping to transform the work force more quickly and deeply than ever before and the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) is poised to tackle the new challenges, the agency’s chief today said opening a two-week conference.

Uneven job recovery poses challenges to most countries, UN labour agency reports

Five years after the global financial crisis, the world employment situation remains uneven with emerging and developing economies recovering much faster than most advanced countries, the United Nations labour agency today reported, warning of potential social unrest, particularly in Europe.

US faces gaps in protecting human rights in business activities – UN experts

Despite progress and innovation in key sectors of the United States’ economy, too many loopholes remain to adequately protect human rights from adverse business practices, a group of United Nations independent experts today warned.

Migrant workers in the Middle East often exploited, UN reports at human trafficking conference

An estimated 600,000 migrant workers are tricked and trapped into forced labour across the Middle East, the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) today reported at the first regional conference on human trafficking, highlighting in particular the visa sponsorship system between in-country employers and workers.

UN-backed European and Central Asian regional meeting focuses on job creation

An urgent call for effective employment and social policies opened a United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO)-backed regional meeting in Norway today, in reaction to stark figures that show at least one million Europeans lost their jobs in the past six months alone.

Millions of domestic workers worldwide lack social protection, says new UN report

Millions of domestic workers around the world are not protected under general labour laws and are highly vulnerable to exploitation, says a United Nations report released today, which calls on countries to extend social protection to them.