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No.57 December 2015
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Highlights
ACTRAV Symposium
Global Supply Chains: International Labour Standards needed to implement Decent Work

The ratification and implementation of ILO core Conventions is a key element for credible policy on Global Supply Chains (GSC), according to an International Symposium  organized by the ILO’ Bureau for Workers Activities (ACTRAV).
Interviews
Interview
Symposium on Global Supply Chains: What are the main conclusions?

In this interview, Claude Akpokavie, Senior Adviser highlights the main conclusions emerging from this symposium.
Interview
Towards Decent Work in Global Supply Chains

The following is an interview with Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) who expresses her views about the challenges and opportunities for Unions to implement Decent Work in Global Supply Chains.
Interview
Global Supply Chains and Public Sectors

The following is an interview with Rosa Pavanelli, General Secretary of the Public Sector International (PSI) who discusses the possible ways to implement Decent Work in Global Supply Chains particularly for the Public sectors.
Comment and Analysis
AIDS
What Ukraine can teach us about fighting AIDS through the workplace

Ukraine has one of the fastest growing rates of HIV infection in Europe. The highest incidence of the disease is among young, working age people, potentially the most productive sections of the population.
Topics
International Migrants Day
Labour standards are vital instruments to protect migrant workers

"Freedom of association and collective bargaining are fundamental rights for all workers, including migrant workers", said Maria Helena Andre, Director of the ILO's Bureau for Workers 'Activities (ACTRAV).
International Labour Standards
Labour Standards
Two countries have ratified ILO Labour Standards

Mongolia  and Romania have ratified International Labour Standards  in December 2015.

 
Asia and Pacific
Asia and Pacific
Global Supply Chains: What are the experiences from Asia and Pacific?

The following is an interview with Felix Anthony, President of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) for the Asia-Pacific who expresses his views about the challenges and opportunities for Unions to implement Decent Work in Global Supply Chains.
Mongolia
Mongolia ratifies the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006)

Mongolia is the 69th ILO member State to ratify the Convention.
Indonesia
Promoting decent work for homeworkers in Indonesia: Homeworkers are workers!

Despite their long existence in Indonesia, subcontracted homeworkers, often referred as workers in the putting-out system, have been largely invisible because work is carried out at home by mostly women who also take care of household and family care responsibilities, and remunerative work is often considered as side activities carried out by women rather than real work.
Europe
Uzbekistan
First phase of training for trade unions project implemented in Uzbekistan

The first seminar in a series of similar events provided for in the advanced training of trainers project for trade unions in Uzbekistan was successfully completed in the country on 24 – 30 November.
Romania
Romania ratifies the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006)

Romania is the 70th ILO member State to ratify the Convention.
Africa
Africa
Global Supply Chains: What are the experiences from Africa?

The following is an interview with Ms. Hilma Mote from the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-Africa) who expresses her views about the challenges and opportunities for Unions to implement Decent Work in Global Supply Chains in Africa.
Arab States
Jordan
Jordan seals commitment to implementing unified contract for migrant garment workers

Jordan stakeholders sign a landmark commitment to implement the unified contract by the beginning of 2016.
Americas
Latin America and the Caribbean
ILO: 1.7 million people joined the ranks of the unemployed in 2015 in Latin America and the Caribbean

The ILO’s 2015 Labour Overview indicates that the economic slowdown has caused a rise in unemployment, particularly among women and young people, and there are signs of increased informality. The situation is worrying and poses policy challenges to the countries of the region.
Calendar

Upcoming courses for Trade Unions
1 - 31 January 2016, ACTRAV Turin

Tripartite Sectoral Meeting on Occupational Safety and Health and Skills in the Oil and Gas Industry Operating in Polar and Subarctic Climate Zones of the Northern Hemisphere
26 - 29 January 2016, Geneva


 
Publications
International Journal of Labour Research
Decent work in global supply chains

Approximately one in five workers are estimated to work in global supply chains (GSCs), according to the World Employment Social Outlook (WESO) report 2015. Today, GSCs pose several challenges to the existence of trade unions and the respect of workers’ rights.
Contact
For more Information, contact:
ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV)
4, route des Morillons
1211 Geneva 22, Switzerland
Tel.: +41 22 799.70.21
Fax: +41 22 799.65.70

Edited by : Mamadou Kaba SOUARE, souare[at]ilo.org
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