Internationally-acclaimed recording Colombian artist and humanitarian Shakira was honoured by the International Labour Organization (ILO) for her work promoting the advancement of children and youth around the world.
ASU NSW Media, Australia, 1st Dec 2014 - December 1st is Equal Pay Day and all across Australia community workers' pay is going up! The ASU won Equal Pay for workers in 2012, and thanks to our campaign, pay goes up every year until 2020.
What is decent work? Decent work is a way out of poverty. Decent work is a path to a better life. And decent work is ... Watch this video produced by the ILO and Listen to people in Asia and the Pacific say what they think decent work is.
Francesco d'Ovidio, Country Director of the ILO's office in Pakistan discusses the catalyst role that the ILO plays to assist the government of Pakistan and its social partners as they reform their labour law, generate employment, expand social protection and promote social dialogue, in an interview with the state television programme "Diplomatic Enclave".
Ruma Akte is one of Bangladesh's approximately four million garment workers. She is a working mother with a young son, and she is the leader of one of Bangladesh's newly-registered trade unions. Spurred on by the stream of horrific incidents happening in garment factories around her, and inspired by television talk shows watched in small tea stands, she started gathering workers together last year. It has taken about six months, but the Welltex Sromik (Workers) Union is now formally registered and has almost 500 members - and the changes in the factory are visible to everyone.
Two of the ILO's senior economic specialists in Asia Pacific give their analysis of the key findings of the Global Wage Report, and discuss what they mean for the region.
Labour productivity – the value of goods and services produced per person employed – continues to outstrip wage growth in developed economies, including in the most recent years. Kristen Sobeck, economist at the ILO and one of the authors of the Global Wage Report 2014 explains chart data that describes this trend.
Labour productivity has increased, yet wages have been flat in many countries, says ILO Senior Economist, Patrick Belser, in an interview with CNBC. By contrast, wages have only been growing in emerging economies, bringing the difference in average wage between emerging and developed economies smaller over time.
Cash for Work projects piloted by the ILO Office for Pacific Island Countries
ILO Office for Pacific Island Countries show reel
Wages haven't grown in line with labour productivity growth, says Senior ILO Economist, Patrick Belser, in an interview with Nina dos Santos at CNN. By now we should be hoping for a recovery which is driven more by household consumption based on wage increases rather than on debt, he says.
The Asia Pacific region has outperformed the rest of the world when it comes to wage growth, according to the ILO's Global Wage Report 2014-2015. Annual average incomes rose six per cent in the region, compared to a global average growth of two per cent in 2013. Malte Luebker, the ILO's Senior Regional Wage Specialist for Asia discusses wages across the region with the BBC.
IndustriAll, Bangladesh, Jan 15, 2015 - Brad Loewen, chief safety inspector at the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, speaks of challenges and wins for the factory safety inspections. By September last year the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh had carried out more than 1,500 factory inspections, identifying more than 80,000 safety issues. Out of a total of around 4 million workers in the garment industry in Bangladesh, the Accord covers around 2,1 million.
The right on health and safety workplace is a fundamental human right and decent work implies safe work. As one of the key actors in the world of work, trade unions have an active role to play in building a culture of prevention on occupational safety and health, both at national and workplace levels.