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September 2003

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    ILC91 Annual ILO Conference tackles new social agenda

    01 September 2003

    Fighting poverty, providing seafarers with new identity documents, and a variety of measures aimed at improving the world of work were among the highlights of the 91st International Labour Conference in June. Delegates held an impassioned debate over working conditions, and adopted radical new measures designed to improve workplace security and safety.

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    ILO Recommendation 193 one year after: The revival of the cooperative idea

    01 September 2003

    This June marked the first anniversary of the ILO's initiative to encourage the idea of cooperative business. ILO Recommendation 193, for the Promotion of Cooperatives, was formally adopted last year at the International Labour Conference. In the months since, staff in the ILO COOP team have worked with governments and coop bodies to help translate the Recommendation into practice at the national level. Journalist Andrew Bibby reports on the results of their work.

July 2003

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    09 July 2003

    The fishing industry in West Africa is a high-risk and accident-prone business yet until recently, few people had access to health insurance. But fishermen have taken to casting their own safety nets by creating small, community-based health schemes. And the idea has struck a chord with other groups as well. ILO TV explains.

June 2003

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    ILO Director-General Juan Somavia addresses Press Conference in Geneva

    19 June 2003

    Director-General Juan Somavia held a press conference at the close of the International Labour Conference in which he summarized the highlights of the meeting.

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    18 June 2003

    A new report on discrimination in the workplace has found that the highest unemployment rates in the whole of Europe are among the Roma people, also known as Gypsies. The report, by the International Labour Organization, says that in some countries up to 90 per cent of Roma people of working age are jobless. ILO TV has the details.

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    Renaître de ses cendres (PAL)

    11 June 2003

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    04 June 2003

    For years, Moroccans supplied the cheap labour for Spain's booming harvest of fruits and vegetables found throughout the markets of Europe and North America. But a new form of discrimination is making even these low-paid jobs hard to come by. ILO TV reports.

  5. Publication

    In today's world, journalists face greater dangers

    01 June 2003

    Embedded, but not immune: along with today’s faster pace of war and conflict, comes faster news - and sometimes, faster injury and death. Lee Woodyear, a former Human Rights Officer for the International Federation of Journalists and a freelance journalist, examines how bringing today’s news into living rooms and computer screens gets ever more dangerous, and what some organizations are doing about it

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    ILO: Work hazards kill millions, cost billions

    01 June 2003

    Workers, employers and governments are marking the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. In a new report, the ILO says the annual cost to the global economy is a staggering 1.25 thousand billion (trillion). This report outlines the occupational safety and health crisis and explains how it can be dealt with.

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    IT outsourcing goes global

    01 June 2003

    Many information technology jobs have been shifted to lower-cost countries, and may soon migrate onwards to regions offering even cheaper labour. Journalist Andrew Bibby examines how, for the first time, white-collar staff are among those affected by job exports