June 1998

  1. Press release

    Fundamental Rights Declaration Clears Final Hurdle ILO Conference Seeks End to Child Labour Abuses

    18 June 1998

    GENEVA (ILO News) - In a decision reaffirming the commitment of the international community to uphold fundamental rights in the workplace, delegates to the 86 th International Labour Conference today adopted by an overwhelming vote a solemn ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, committing the Organization's 174 member States to respect the principles inherent in seven core labour standards and promoting their universal application. The vote was 273 for, and zero against, with 43 abstentions. A quorum of 264 was necessary for the motion to pass.

  2. Press release

    U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Addresses 86 th International Labour Conference

    10 June 1998

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, in an address today to delegates at the 86 th International Labour Conference, said "there is no room for anyone anywhere to be complacent in relation to human rights."

  3. Press release

    Indonesia Pledges to Respect Trade Union Rights Ratifies Key ILO Convention No. 87

    10 June 1998

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The Director-General of the ILO, Michel Hansenne, applauded the decision of the Government of Indonesia to ratify ILO core Conventions, including No. 87 (Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize, 1948), which was ratified in Jakarta on 5 June, 1998.

  4. Press release

    His Excellency Rafael Caldera, President of Venezuela addresses 86 th International Labour Conference

    09 June 1998

    GENEVA (ILO News) - Addressing a special sitting of the 86 th International Labour Conference today, President Rafael Caldera said that while globalization and market economics are inevitable and potentially positive developments "there are also characteristics of globalization which must be dealt with carefully so that they will not cause harm to humanity."

  5. Press release

    Opening of the 86 th International Labour Conference

    02 June 1998

    GENEVA (ILO News) - Amidst calls for the abolition of child labour and the strengthening of fundamental human rights in the workplace, the 86 th annual International Labour Conference (ILC) got underway in Geneva today in the company of hundreds of marchers for whom the ILC was the final destination in a Global March that has crossed over 100 countries this year.

May 1998

  1. Press release

    Final Debate on Fundamental Human Rights Declaration Delegates to 86 th International Labour Conference Target Child Labour

    29 May 1998

    GENEVA (ILO News) ­ Delegates to the 86 th session of the International Labour Conference, which gets underway in Geneva on Tuesday, 2 June, are set to debate the text of a groundbreaking declaration on fundamental human rights at work.

  2. Press release

    International Labour Conference 2-18 June 1998

    28 May 1998

    GENEVA (ILO News) ­ The 86 th Session of the International Labour Conference will open on Tuesday, 2 June at the United Nations Assembly Hall in Geneva and remain in session until Thursday, 18 June.

  3. Press release

    Indonesia releases Detained Trade Unionists

    26 May 1998

    GENEVA (ILO News) - The Director-General of the ILO, Mr. Michel Hansenne, has welcomed the decision of the new Indonesian Government to release Mr. Muchtar Pakpahan, President of the Serikat Buruh Sejahtera Indonesia, and several of his colleagues, who are members of Indonesia's independent trade union confederation.

  4. Press release

    ILO to seek new Convention aimed at abolishing extreme Forms of Child Labour

    25 May 1998

    GENEVA (ILO News) - Backed by growing international support for abolishing extreme forms of child labour, the International Labour Organization (ILO) is to seek a new Convention and Recommendation aimed at bringing an immediate halt to hazardous, exploitative working practices that confront millions of children with daily, work-related stress, exposure to injury, illness and death, and deprive them of a normal life.

  5. Press release

    Worker Disability Problems Rising in Industrialized Countries: Solutions Sought in Washington, D.C. Conference

    19 May 1998

    WASHINGTON (ILO News) - Claims for disability benefits are surging in industrialized countries - up to 600 percent in some nations - encouraging governments, private companies and unions to search for ways to get disabled people back to work, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO).