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March 2004

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    Asbestos in the workplace: a difficult legacy

    01 March 2004

    Once used nearly universally for its fire-retardant qualities, asbestos - and the illnesses it causes - has become a major issue for the industries which used and produced it as well as individuals who contracted various diseases and cancers as a result of exposure in the workplace. Journalist Andrew Bibby examines the state of asbestos litigation today, and how workers and employers are facing up to the problem.

February 2004

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    New ILO report: Despite rising unemployment, cause for cautious optimism

    11 February 2004

    The 2004 Global Employment Trends report, released today by the ILO, paints a grim picture of rising global unemployment. But the annual jobs report sees signs of recovery. Here are questions and answers on the global employment picture, how this affects different people, and what solutions exist for employment generation.

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    Eliminating child labour: The costs and benefits

    06 February 2004

    A just-released study by the ILO International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC), "Investing in Every Child: An Economic Study of the Costs and Benefits of Eliminating Child Labour", argues that the benefits of eliminating child labour will far outweigh the costs. Peter Dorman, the author of the report, explains the costs and benefits of eliminating child labour and how the proposal may be applied.

December 2003

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    Women seafarers: Fighting against the tide? As on land, so by sea: Women join the ranks of seafarers

    01 December 2003

    Once only figureheads on the world's ocean-going ships, the entrance of women into the seafaring trade is a small, but growing phenomenon. Yet as women work their way onto the world's great ships, salt and the sea are only part of the challenges they face. As a new landmark ILO study points out, discrimination, sexual harassment and deep skepticism over their strengths and capabilities can be equally challenging.

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    Carving out a place in global markets: For Indonesia's traditional woodworking industry, globalization poses new challenges

    01 December 2003

    Globalization is altering the traditional wood furniture sector in Central Java, Indonesia, the major employer and export earner of this province. This labour- and resource-intensive industry is facing growing pressure from two sides: competitive strategies from other Asian countries such as China, Malaysia, the Phillipines and Vietnam that are cheaper and more responsive to global buyers' needs for quality, delivery and close customer relations, and an unsustainable rate of logging in the Indonesian teak plantations that, if left unchecked, will undermine this industry's supply of teak and mahogany in the next five years. The result? Jepara's wood working industry is now at a crossroads.

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    Union "dot orgs" come of age

    01 December 2003

    "Am I being paid what I should be, for the work I'm doing?" is a question many people ask but often find difficult to answer. Now, Internet sites dedicated to workplace issues can resolve this and other queries. Writer Andrew Bibby examines how workers and employers are navigating the information highway on bread and butter issues.

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    A universal challenge: Social security for the world

    01 December 2003

    Only one in five people worldwide enjoys adequate social security coverage. Faced with this stark reality, the ILO has initiated a new global campaign to encourage and assist member States to extend social security to all of their citizens. The Global Campaign on Social Security and Coverage for All, reflects a global consensus among governments, employers and workers to take up this challenge. In this report, World of Work outlines this new campaign.

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    "We created jobs...": The forest peoples of Mayurbhanj

    01 December 2003

    In two and a half years, an innovative ILO project has helped create well over 2,000 jobs, and pull more than 200 indebted families out of a debt trap. This three-year ILO INDISCO project aims at creating decent employment for tribal peoples in the remote forests of Mayurbhanj in Orissa, India, and is well on its way to becoming a replicable model.

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    Xth African Regional Meeting: Decent work for Africa’s development: Signs of hope

    01 December 2003

    Half of Africa’s population, over 300 million people, live in extreme poverty on the equivalent of US$1 a day or less – the highest intra-regional poverty level and the widest gap between rich and poor in the world. Strategies for reducing such poverty and closing this gap through a job-centred development agenda are the main items on the table at the ILO 10th African Regional Meeting, on 2 to 5 December, in Addis Ababa. What are the key issues facing Africa today and what can be done about them?

September 2003

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    Application of standards: Committee considers Belarus, Colombia, Myanmar, other developments

    01 September 2003

    As part of ILO efforts to end the use of forced labour in Myanmar, the ILO Committee on the Application of Standards had a special sitting following up on measures taken in the context of Article 33 of the ILO Constitution. The Committee also discussed the events which have taken place since its December 2002 session, including the appointment of a facilitator for complaints of forced labour, and a recent agreement on a plan of action to eradicate forced labour.