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).

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.