Labour

More than a million children work in mines, “digging for survival,” UN says

To mark World Day against Child Labour on Sunday, the United Nations labour agency is spotlighting the problems of over a million children around the world who help to support their families by working as miners, often for small unregulated enterprises in dangerous conditions.

More than 12 million people are victims of forced labour, UN labour agency says

More than 12 million people are working in coercive, slavery-like conditions, but “many countries at present do not provide in their legislation for the specific offence of forced labour,” the United Nations labour agency says, calling for a new global alliance to abolish the system.

Samoa becomes UN labour agency’s 178th member

The small South Pacific country of Samoa has become the 178th Member State of the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO), which seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights.

Robust economic growth spurs only marginal global jobs growth – UN agency

With global employment improving only slightly in 2004 at a disappointing rate of 1.7 per cent despite robust economic growth, and unemployment decreasing by only two-tenths of a percentage point, job-stimulating policies are essential, the United Nations labour agency reported today.

Sports footwear industry makes progress in eliminating sweatshops – UN report

Thanks to intense consumer scrutiny, the sports footwear industry, often criticized for alleged violations of fundamental labour standards, has made greater progress in eliminating so-called sweat shops than the apparel and retail sectors, according to new report released by the United Nations labour agency today.

UN report spotlights hidden problem of children exploited for domestic labour

Up to 10 million children – mostly girls – are trapped in low-paid jobs as domestic servants, where they are at risk of sexual abuse, physical exploitation and human trafficking, the International Labour Organization (ILO) says in a new report.

Global events planned to spotlight plight of child domestic labourers, UN says

With rap music and pinwheels, marches and solemn statements, numerous organizations across the planet will mark the third World Day Against Child Labour on 12 June this year with a specific focus on efforts to spare young people from working as domestics, the United Nations Labour Organization (ILO) has announced.

Kyrgyzstan ratifies treaty on combating worst forms of child labour - UN agency

Kyrgyzstan has become the 150th country to ratify the fundamental worldwide standard for combating the worst forms of child labour, putting the treaty within sight of universal ratification by all 177 members of the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO), the agency announced today.

UN labour agency opens session with fairer globalization high on agenda

Efforts to ensure fairer rules for international trade in the era of globalization and a bid to end forced labour in Myanmar figure high on the agenda of a two-week session of the Governing Body of the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) beginning in Geneva today.

Women still face pay and job discrimination in the global workplace - UN

Women are entering the global labour force in record numbers but they still face higher unemployment rates and lower wages, and success in crashing through the “glass ceiling” to top managerial jobs remains "slow, uneven and sometimes discouraging," the United Nations labour agency reported today.