News

November 2000

  1. Press release

    ILO Urges Support for Workers in Palestinian territories

    24 November 2000

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The ILO Director-General, Mr. Juan Somavia, warned today of an "evolving humanitarian crisis in the Palestinian territories resulting from the closure of frontiers, the explosive growth of unemployment and the inability of many workers to meet their families' basic needs".

  2. Press release

    ILO GOVERNING BODY CONCLUDES 279th SESSION Committee on Freedom of Association cites Guatemala, Ethiopia

    21 November 2000

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The Governing Body of the International Labour Office (ILO), which concluded its 279th session on Friday opened the way for the full implementation of a resolution of the International Labour Conference, adopted in June of this year, aimed at compelling the Government of Myanmar (Burma) to comply with Convention No. 29 on forced labour. Myanmar (Burma) ratified Convention No. 29 in 1955.

  3. Press release

    ILO Governing Body opens the way for unprecedented action against forced labour in Myanmar

    17 November 2000

    GENEVA (ILO News) - Measures to compel the Government of Myanmar (Burma) to meet its obligations to eliminate forced labour in the country will go forward, following deliberations by the International Labour Organization's (ILO) Governing Body at its 279 th session which concluded here today.

  4. Press release

    ILO worst forms of child labour Convention comes into force

    17 November 2000

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The global campaign against the worst forms of child labour receives a powerful new boost on Sunday, 19 November, the date when the International Labour Organization's (ILO) Convention No. 182 comes into force as international law.

  5. Press release

    ILO Director-General highlights need for "Decent Work", insists on employment as the best means of social inclusion and urges comprehensive employment policies to underpin globalization

    10 November 2000

    TURIN, Italy (ILO News) - "The key to solving problems of social exclusion and poverty is employment," Mr. Juan Somavia, the ILO Director-General told the Group of 8 Labour Ministers Conference in Turin today, adding that "employment is the source of social inclusion in all sorts of ways, providing not just income, but security, self realization and self esteem for workers who are organized and represented".

  6. Press release

    Youssou Ndour named Honorary Ambassador of the Campaign against Child Labour

    08 November 2000

    GENEVA (ILO News) - Youssou Ndour - the internationally acclaimed musician, singer and songwriter - was today named Honorary Ambassador of the ILO Global Campaign Against Child Labour. Mr. Ndour, of Senegal, received the award in appreciation of his commitment towards raising public awareness in the worldwide struggle against child labour.

  7. Press release

    ILO Governing Body to Convene 279 th Session Forced Labour, Freedom of Association and Globalization on Agenda

    02 November 2000

    GENEVA (ILO News) - Forced labour in Myanmar (Burma) and the contribution of freedom of association to social and economic development are among the agenda items of the 279th session of the International Labour Office (ILO) Governing Body which gets under way in Geneva on Thursday, 2 November and is scheduled to meet until Friday, 17 November.

October 2000

  1. Press release

    ILO mission en route for Myanmar (Burma) as November deadline approaches for Myanmar's compliance with ILO Convention on forced labour

    19 October 2000

    GENEVA (ILO News) - An ILO technical cooperation mission left Geneva today en route for Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) to examine steps taken by that country's Government on implementing the recommendations of a 1998 Commission of Inquiry, which found the use of forced labour to be "widespread and systematic".

  2. Press release

    Global employment levels in textile, clothing and footwear industries holding stable as industries relocate

    16 October 2000

    GENEVA (ILO News) - Employment in the production of textiles, clothing and footwear remained stable at approximately 30 million jobs during the 1990s, after suffering a global decline of 16% during the 1980s.

  3. Press release

    ILO report examines mental health in the workplace in Finland, Germany, Poland, United Kingdom and United States

    10 October 2000

    GENEVA (ILO News) - An ILO study of mental health policies and programmes affecting the workforces of Finland, Germany, Poland, United Kingdom and United States shows that the incidence of mental health problems is increasing, with as many as one in ten workers suffering from depression, anxiety, stress or burnout, which lead, in some cases, to unemployment and hospitalization.