Labour

Head of UN labour agency re-elected, pledges to work for 'new social contract'

The Director-General of the United Nations International Labour Office (ILO), Juan Somavia, was today re-elected to a second term and pledged to work towards a "new social contract" based on decent work for all and a globalization that leaves no one behind.

Emergency workers under increasing pressure, UN labour agency says

Faced with shrinking work forces and longer hours, fire fighters, police, paramedics and others in the public emergency sector are under increasing pressure to cope with rising crime, violence and accidents, according to a new report by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO).

Real Madrid football club teams up with UN labour agency to fight child employment

Aiming to call attention to the worst forms of abusive child labour - a practice harming one out of every eight youngsters worldwide - the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) today announced plans to host a match with the Real Madrid football club.

UN labour agency cites countries for serious union violations

A new report by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) has cited Belarus, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Zimbabwe for "serious infringements of the principle of freedom of association and violations of trade union rights."

Proposed UN fund for workers in occupied Arab territories under discussion in Geneva

Institutionalizing financial support for workers in the occupied Arab territories is one of a host of measures aimed at employment creation, which ranks high on the agenda as the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) opened the current session of its governing body in Geneva today.

On first World Day Against Child Labour, UN officials urge end to practice

The United Nations today marked the first World Day Against Child Labour, which aims to call attention to this scourge and boost efforts aimed at eradicating it.

UN labour agency says 2 million people die annually of work-related causes

The annual death toll from job-related diseases and injuries has risen to 2 million, while many more people are injured as a result of their work, according to statistics released today by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO).

UN labour agency reports major job losses in oil and gas industry

Buffeted by changing corporate structures and privatization, the workforce in the world’s oil and gas industries has shrunk dramatically in the past 25 years, according to a report released today by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

UN labour agency to launch new soccer-themed campaign against child labour

Capitalizing on the worldwide popularity of soccer, the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) is set to launch its latest campaign against exploitative child labour practices this week with the start of the 2002 African Cup of Nations tournament Saturday in Bamako, Mali.

Nobel laureate in economics says world leaders should back UN's labour goals

Nobel economics laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz today urged world political and economic leaders to back the United Nations International Labour Organization's (ILO) goals of decent work, full employment and better working conditions for all people.