No.55 October 2015
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29 October -12 November
325th session of the ILO Governing Body 

Worker, employer and government representatives of the executive body of the ILO will review basic labour rights, the global refugee crisis and its labour market implications, as well as other global employment and social challenges.
Sustainable Development and Climate Change: What challenges and opportunities for Unions?

The ILO hosted the Tripartite Meeting of Experts on Sustainable Development, Decent Work and Green Jobs from 5 to 9 October 2015.The following is an interview with Ms. Rulita Wijayaningdyah, General Secretary of the Indonesian Forestry and Allied Workers Union, who expressed her views about the challenges and opportunities for Unions towards an environmental sustainable economy.
Cooperatives moving into the care economy

An interview with Lenore Matthew from the ILO’s Cooperatives Unit (COOP) and the Gender, Equality and Diversity Branch (GED), who presented new research showing how cooperatives are increasingly providing care for the elderly, people with disabilities and children.
Comment and Analysis
Women, work and the Sustainable Development Goals
The future of work depends on the future of women at work

Shauna Olney, Chief of the ILO’s Gender, Equality and Diversity Branch, explains why achieving gender equality is crucial for the world of work.
Industrial relations
Collective bargaining coverage down as a result of the global financial crisis

New research from the ILO quantifies changes to the coverage of global collective bargaining after 2008. While some countries have experienced increased coverage, most have seen declines.
Global Employment Trends for Youth 2015
ILO welcomes G7 steps to foster fair production in global supply chains

Work related accidents and disease cost the world up to 4 per cent of GDP. The G7 moves forward in addressing the root causes in global supply chains.
Global Employment Trends for Youth 2015
Highlights of the Youth Employment Trends

The global youth unemployment rate has dropped to 73.3 million in 2014, 3.3 million less than the crisis peak in 2009. Good news but still a long way to go according to the ILO’s Global Employment Trends for Youth 2015 report.
Fundamental principles and rights at work
Boosting Workplace Compliance through Social Dialogue

Compliance goes beyond simply implementing the law at the workplace, yet this is a concept that often fails to trickle down the supply chain. Youcef Ghellab, Head of the ILO’s Social Dialogue and Tripartism Unit, explains what can be done to move this key issue forward.
International Labour Standards
Labour Standards
Three countries have ratified ILO Labour Standards

Cabo verde, France and India have ratified International Labour Standards  in October 2015.

Asia and Pacific
India ratifies the Seafarers’ Identity Documents Convention and the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006

India is the 31st ILO member State to ratify Convention No. 185 and the 67th to ratify the MLC, 2006
ILO’s Tripartite Constituents in Pakistan and Stakeholders Design the next Decent Work Country Program III

From 20-22 October 2015, over 50 stakeholders convened in Burbhan for a hands-on technical session to design Pakistan’s third Decent Work Country Program (DWCP).
Timor-Leste: A road gives life to a community

Coffee farmer Pedro Soares de Fatima used to carry a huge coffee sack on his back to get to the nearest market. It was a ten-hour return journey, until an ILO project built high quality rural roads in Timor-Leste.
ILO constituents endorsed national OSH profile “Labour Protection in the Republic of Kazakhstan”

The ITUC PERC together with the ILO Moscow office organized a meeting on women and informal economy in Kobuleti, Georgia from 15 to 17 September 2015.
Rail unions focus on organising and promoting ILO conventions

Around 40 leaders from railway unions in Eastern Europe and Central Asia met with ILO experts and senior ITF representatives in Baku, Azerbaijan from 30 September to 1 October to discuss organising and the promotion of ILO conventions throughout the rail industry.
Our hearts and thoughts are with victims of Ankara blast

The ILO is deeply shocked and saddened by the ferocious attack perpetrated against peaceful demonstrators of the “Labour, Peace and Democracy” Rally in Ankara, which claimed dozens of lives and left hundreds of others severely injured.
ILO Director-General welcomes Nobel Peace Prize for Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet

ILO Director-General Guy Ryder welcomed warmly the decision of the Nobel Committee in Oslo to award the Peace Prize to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet.
First national dialogue on promoting social security for rural workers in Madagascar

More than 400 representatives from 22 regions of Madagascar started a dialogue to develop a consensual framework for the formulation of a national social security policy for rural workers in Madagascar.
Cabo Verde
Cabo Verde ratifies the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006)

The Republic of Cabo Verde is the 68th ILO member State to ratify the Convention.
ILO Director-General on official visit to Algeria

Upon invitation of H.E, Mr. Mohammed El Ghazi , Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security of Algeria, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder visited Algiers to meet and discuss with the tripartite constituents of the country.
Arab States
Yemen publishes first labour force survey in over 15 years

The ILO and the Central Statistical Organization of Yemen have compiled the most up-to-date reading of the labour force in the country which shows falling labour force participation and rising unemployment, particularly among the youth and women.
ILO training workshop tackles child labour in agriculture in Lebanon

Hosting over 1.1 million registered Syrian refugees, Lebanon has seen a huge rise in child labour in recent years, much of it under hazardous conditions in the agricultural sector. An ILO “training of trainers” workshop took child labour practitioners to the heart of the fertile Beqaa Valley, to witness first-hand some of the hazards of child labour in agriculture.
Economic Deceleration Affects the Region’s Labor Market in 2015 and Unemployment Will Rise to 6.6%

The deceleration of economic growth seen during 2015 is affecting labor indicators in the region and will take the urban unemployment rate to 6.6% this year, after marking 6.0% in 2014, according to new estimates released today by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Upcoming courses for Trade Unions
1 - 30 November 2015, ACTRAV Turin

Cooperatives and the World of Work Research Conference
9-10 November 2015, Antalya, Turkey

13th African Regional Meeting
30 November-3 December 2015,Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Collective Bargaining
Trends in collective bargaining coverage: stability, erosion or decline?

Collective bargaining over wages and other working conditions between unions and employers is a key labour market institution in democratic societies. The coverage and impact of this institution varies over time and across countries. This policy brief examines differences in collective bargaining coverage for 75 countries.
Minimum Wage
Minimum wage and its relevance to socio-economic progress in the Lao People's Democratic Republic : A workers' perspective

This paper examines empirical aspects of the regulatory and institutional frameworks and the process of minimum wage adjustment in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, as well as its actual implementation in different sectors – private, public and informal.
Labour Standards
Conference Committee on the Application of Standards: Extracts from the Record of Proceedings (ILC 2015)

The Conference Committee on the Application of Standards, a standing tripartite body of the International Labour Conference and an essential component of the ILO’s supervisory system, examines each year the report published by the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations.
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Edited by : Mamadou Kaba SOUARE, souare[at]
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