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Global employment crisis deepening, equivalent of 400 million jobs lost – U.N.

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:50 PM

The International Labour Organization also says the coronavirus crisis has hit women harder, threatening decades of progress

In this picture taken on June 9, 2020, Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers (2L to R) Nirmala, Alka and Meenkashi talk to a woman during a door-to-door survey to check on residents after the government eased a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Bahadarpur village in Meerut district. - Unprotected and poorly paid, an all-women army of health workers confront suspicion, anger and the threat of infection as they go door to door searching for coronavirus sufferers in India's poor communities. (Photo by XAVIER GALIANA / AFP) / TO GO WITH 'India-health-virus-social',FOCUS by Aishwarya KUMAR

Pandemic creating 'lockdown generation' as 1 in 6 youths stop work – U.N.

May 27, 2020 - 10:05 PM

Young people are facing a 'triple shock' from the coronavirus crisis, which is not only destroying their employment but also disrupting education and training

NOW JOBLESS. Jace Gentry, 21, from Hornbeck, Louisiana, is pictured in front of his trailer in Carlsbad, New Mexico, on May 6, 2020. Photo by Paul Ratje/AFP

Latin America jobless to increase by 11.5 million due to virus – U.N.

May 22, 2020 - 8:30 AM

The United Nations also expects Latin America's economy to shrink by an estimated 5.3% in 2020 – the worst fall since 1930

A funeral worker wearing protective clothing as a preventive measure against the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, walks through Caju cemetary in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 9, 2020. - The novel coronavirus has killed at least 276,435 people worldwide since the outbreak first emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1900 GMT on Saturday. (Photo by Carl DE SOUZA / AFP)

Half of world's workers risk livelihoods being 'destroyed' – ILO

Apr 29, 2020 - 11:05 PM

The International Labour Organization says around 1.6 billion workers out of the global workforce of 3.3 billion are most vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic, particularly those in the informal sector

Vendors wait for customers beside closed shops at a market during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Lahore on April 14, 2020. (Photo by Arif ALI / AFP)

Coronavirus crisis 'devastating' jobs, output – ILO

Apr 22, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Tourism and car manufacturing are especially hard-hit, says the International Labour Organization

A group of visitors, wearing face masks amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus, visit the Great Wall of China in Beijing on April 18, 2020. (Photo by WANG ZHAO / AFP)

Workers facing worst crisis since WWII amid pandemic – U.N.

Apr 07, 2020 - 11:57 PM

'The pandemic is having very serious consequences for the world of work,' says International Labour Organization chief Guy Ryder

WORLD OF WORK. In this photograph taken on April 6, 2020, migrant workers eat their dinner at the closed JP Iscon mall, which is used as a temporary shelter, during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Ahmedabad. Photo by Sam Panthaky/AFP

U.N. warns of virus impact on swelling youth unemployment

Mar 10, 2020 - 1:05 PM

The International Labour Organization warns there would be 'severe consequences for young people in terms of job opportunities' if the virus-related consumption squeeze continues

A group of activist demostrating against unemployment in Nairobi, Kenya on October 9, 2019. - A lack of jobs, especially for youth, has slowed down the economy to a point where unemployed adults depend on the small working class group that is stretching family resources and consuming savings for future investments. (Photo by SIMON MAINA / AFP)

Gender diversity good for businesses and economies – U.N.

May 23, 2019 - 12:24 AM

The survey says nearly three-quarters of companies that tracked gender diversity in their management reported profit hikes of between 5% and 20%

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Qatar to abolish exit visa system by year's end

Apr 27, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Qatar introduced a series of labor reforms since its selection to host the 2022 World Cup, which sets in motion a huge construction program employing foreign workers

NEW POLICY. Migrant workers eat during a break at a construction site in the Qatari capital Doha on December 6, 2016. Photo by AFP

Global unemployment down, but too many working poor – U.N.

Feb 13, 2019 - 9:51 PM

Unemployment around the world fell in 2018 to 5.0% – from 5.1% in 2017 – for the first time dropping to the level seen before the global financial crisis hit in 2008

More jobs in a green economy – ILO report

May 16, 2018 - 9:38 AM

'The green economy can enable millions more people to overcome poverty, and deliver improved livelihoods for this and future generations,' says International Labor Organization Deputy Director General Deborah Greenfield, citing the findings of the World Employment Social Output 2018 report

FARMING IN BENGUET. A farmer checks on a farm planted with lettuce in preparation for harvest in Barangay Paoay, Atok town in Benguet province. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Qatar to scrap controversial exit system for workers – experts

Apr 29, 2018 - 9:01 PM

(UPDATED) Critics slam the exit visa system as a prime example of the Gulf state's exploitation of its vast migrant workforce

UN body warns gender parity progress could grind to a halt

Mar 08, 2018 - 11:39 AM

According to an International Labour Organization report, for every 10 men in a job globally, only 6 women are employed

Service sector will be main driver of global employment growth - ILO

Jan 24, 2018 - 8:06 AM

But while the global unemployment rate is stabilizing, unemployment and decent work deficits will stay at persistently high levels

Employment growing, but poor quality of work still widespread in Asia-Pacific – ILO

Jan 24, 2018 - 7:36 AM

Vulnerable employment affects about half or more than 900 million individuals in Asia-Pacific, data from the International Labour Organization shows

POOR QUALITY. The International Labour Organization reported vulnerable forms of employment are also expected to increase worldwide in 2018 and 2019. Photo from Shutterstock

Rappler journalists win ILO global media awards

Dec 18, 2017 - 8:01 PM

Rappler journalists Camille Elemia, Ana Santos, and Sofia Tomacruz win the International Labour Organization 2017 Global Media Competition on Labor Migration for coverage on fair recruitment of migrant workers

Global unemployment reaches over 200 million – ILO

Oct 10, 2017 - 5:45 PM

The rise in global unemployment happens as small and medium enterprises face stagnation

UNEMPLOYMENT. Global unemployment has reached 700 million, according to the International Labor Organization. Photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

40 million people worldwide are victims of modern slavery – ILO

Sep 20, 2017 - 9:15 AM

7 in 10 victims are women and girls, while 25% are children

ASEAN countries urged to boost spending on social protection

Aug 15, 2017 - 4:53 PM

A UNESCAP report says expanding coverage for social protection is among the schemes that could distribute economic growth and limit inequality

VULNERABLE. Only two countries in Southeast Asia allocates more than 6% of their GDP for social protection. AFP file photo

Gov’t workers hail Senate passage of ILO convention

Aug 14, 2017 - 7:58 PM

ILO Convention 151 protects government workers rights to organize and negotiate employment conditions

FRONTLINER. DSWD staff accepting requests for assistance at the agency's crisis intervention unit. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Senate approves ILO treaty on government workers' protection

Aug 14, 2017 - 4:43 PM

This makes the Philippines the first Asian country to ratify the Convention which guarantees public workers rights to organize and negotiate employment terms

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ILO accepting entries to SafeYouth@Work media contest

Jun 08, 2017 - 3:04 PM

To build a safety and health culture among young Filipino workers the ILO launches the Youth4OSH Project and invites young people to join the SafeYouth@Work Media Competition Winning entries for photo film song story poster drawing and the unique Surprise Us category will get the chance to travel to Singapore in September 2017 and to present their winning piece due on 30 June 2017

Unpaid wages leave Filipino workers stranded in Qatar

Jun 08, 2017 - 10:00 AM

For the workers stranded in the labor camps, reforms and resolutions cannot come fast enough

The workers check the documents to be sent to court. They haven't been paid since January 2017. They stopped working and filed the case expecting the company to pay their salary and the tickets back home. Doha, Qatar - May 21, 2017.

4-day workweek bad for workers' health, productivity – labor group

May 18, 2017 - 6:05 PM

Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority show there were more than 8 million overworked Filipinos in 2015

Filipino cannery workers process sardines at the Mega Fishing Corporation in southern Zamboanga City on February 25, 2009. Sardine manufacturers are optimistic with growth both for domestic and export this year as millions of people continue to consume the cheap canned sardine amid the global economic slump. The Philippine government cut its economic growth forecast for 2009 and warned the budget deficit would soar as President Gloria Arroyo increases government spending to help shield the Philippines from the full effects of the global financial turmoil. AFP PHOTO / THERENCE KOH / AFP PHOTO / THERENCE KOH

70% of work-related deaths worldwide occur in Asia Pacific – ILO

Apr 28, 2017 - 5:29 PM

While this annual rate is already staggering the United Nations agency says the problem of occupational hazard may be worse raising the possibility of underreporting

On the occassion of the International Workers Memorial Day, Association of Labor Unions (ALU) members hold lights candles during a simple ceremony at the Kentex factory in Valenzuela City, to remember the 74 workers who lost their lives in the fire on May 13, 2015. (NELSON VERA)

More women prefer working than staying at home – ILO

Mar 08, 2017 - 4:43 PM

80 of the respondents agree that it is acceptable for women to work at paid jobs outside the home

WORKING GIRLS. More women prefer to work than stay at home, according to a report by the International Labor Organization (ILO). Photo by AFP

DOLE widens ban on child labor in agriculture

Jan 18, 2017 - 7:55 PM

The agriculture sector which employs more than 85 000 children has the highest incidence of child labor in the country

BIGGEST CHUNK. The agriculture sector has the most number of child laborers with more than 85,000 kids employed under it.

Groups urge to legalize small-scale mining to stop child labor

Jan 15, 2017 - 12:45 PM

Out of 350 000 workers in small scale gold mining 18 000 are women and children

Gov't, ILO vow to free 1 million kids from child labor

Jan 12, 2017 - 5:40 PM

Their campaign 1MBatangMalaya aims to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goal to eliminate child labor by 2025

1 MILLION FREE KIDS. The International Labor Organization, together with several national government agencies, vows to end child labor by 2025. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Female business execs rising in PH – Credit Suisse

Oct 02, 2016 - 9:00 PM

The global financial giant s latest report on gender diversity in corporate boardrooms shows the Philippines is second worldwide in terms of having women in senior management roles

Inkonsistensi Jokowi dalam melindungi pekerja domestik

Sep 15, 2016 - 10:53 PM

Jokowi justru menutup mata terhadap penegakkan hak di negeri sendiri kata Lita

HAK PRT. JALA PRT dan Komnas Perempuan memaparkan angka kekerasan dan desakan kepada pemerintah untuk melindungi PRT. Foto oleh Ursula Florene

Youth unemployment swelling worldwide – ILO

Aug 25, 2016 - 5:30 PM

The International Labor Organization also warns that more than a third of young people who have a job are living in extreme or moderate poverty

epa04140953 Filipinos flock to a job fair inside a gymnasium in Manila, Philippines, 26 March 2014. According to news reports an estimated 700,000 fresh graduates are joining the ranks of the unemployed and the number of jobless youth ranging from 15 to 24 years old in the country will breach the two million mark. The Philippines National Statistics Office said on 11 March 2014 that the country?s unemployment rate in January 2014 is at 7.5 percent, or 2.969 million jobless Filipinos, up from 7.1 percent or 2.776 million in January 2013. EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

PH to be test country for ILO's fair recruitment project

Aug 03, 2016 - 10:50 PM

The United Nations labor agency selects the Philippines as a pilot country for its program on establishing a model against illegal recruitment

ILLEGAL RECRUITMENT. Overseas Filipino workers have fallen to the trap of illegal recruiters due to the government's slow processing of their documents. Photo by Noel Celis/Rappler

Pope appeals for end to 'slavery' of child labor

Jun 12, 2016 - 9:35 PM

Millions of children are deprived of some of their fundamental rights and find themselves exposed to grave dangers says Pope Francis

epa05070362 A photo dated 10 December 2015 shows Indian boy Raju Rajbanshi working in a brick making field in Hajipur, Bihar state, India. Parents from underprivileged society send their child for engaging in a job as a distressed measure due to poor economic conditions. According to the 2011 national census, a total of 4.4 million children in the age group of 5 to 14 years are working, however experts believe that the figures are much higher. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

ILO minta tak ada lagi pekerja anak di proses produksi

Jun 08, 2016 - 11:49 PM

Masih ada 2 3 juta pekerja anak di Indonesia Bagaimana kisah mereka?

Poverty rising in Europe, amid global dearth of solid jobs – ILO

May 19, 2016 - 2:00 PM

Poverty also remains stubbornly high in Africa and much of Asia says the International Labor Organization

epa05249584 A woman and her son sit on the pavement asking passers by for money at La Defense in Paris, France, 08 April 2016. EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT

Global unemployment set to rise through 2017 – ILO

Jan 20, 2016 - 5:18 PM

The International Labour Organization is also alarmed over the increase in the number of unstable jobs

Many children ‘born as slaves,’ think it’s OK

Nov 07, 2015 - 10:54 PM

Describing slaves in the 21st century an ILO official says: ‘There are no chains They are walking around freely But very often psychologically they re chained to someone or something ’

MODERN-DAY SLAVERY. Young boys remove fish from nets in a fishing village on Lake Volta, Ghana on March 21, 2007. Many are given or sold by poor parents to fishermen in hopes they would get schooling or apprenticeship in fishing, but the children often end up as modern-day slaves. Photo by Tugela Ridley/EPA

Farmers turn Typhoon Yolanda wastes into livelihood

Oct 27, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Green charcoals are still black in color but are more friendly to the environment

What it takes to keep Tboli children in school

Sep 15, 2015 - 8:00 PM

A teacher in Lake Sebu South Cotabato believes the whole community should be involved in the education of a child

PASSION FOR TEACHING. Anita Castillon feels at home whenever she teaches T'Boli children. Screenshot from Ramon Aboitiz Foundation video

Artists to rock against child labor, mark PH Independence Day

Jun 10, 2015 - 2:01 PM

The concert organized by the ILO and RockEd Philippines will call for freedom from child labor on June 12

CHILD LABOR. Filipino children work by collecting sand at a shoreline in the Manila suburbs on April 24 2010. File photo by Francis R Malasig/EPA Francis R Malasig/EPA

Baldoz: Valenzuela factory owners 'immoral'

May 15, 2015 - 1:53 PM

They are not only illegal they are immoral This employer they don t have a sense of social responsibility says Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz

FATALITIES. Authorities seal the remains of workers killed in a footwear factory in Valenzuela. Photo by PNP-PIO

Domestic work is work

May 15, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Why do many people still not get this?

Half of world's rural populations cannot access health care – UN

Apr 27, 2015 - 9:13 PM

In the first report of its kind the UN s International Labour Organization finds that the rural urban divide was omnipresent from the richest countries down to the poorest

ESCAPING WAR. A woman and her children displaced by fighting in South Sudan sit outside her tent at the Kule camp for Internally Displaced People at the Pagak border crossing in Gambella, Ethiopia, on July 10, 2014. Zacharias Abubeker/AFP

DSWD, ILO partner for sustainable livelihood

Mar 09, 2015 - 4:37 PM

Press Release: DSWD and ILO strengthen its partnership to support sustainable livelihood and community enterprise development in regions affected by Typhoon Yolanda

DOLE to endorse OFWs' exemption from placement fees

Mar 04, 2015 - 7:27 PM

Under current state rules only select OFWs – including domestic workers caregivers seafarers and those bound to specified countries – are exempted from paying placement fees

Study: At least 1 in 5 PH households tolerates child labor

Jan 28, 2015 - 5:11 PM

Worse child labor especially in plantations and mines provides no means by which the children and their families may escape the vicious cycle of generational poverty the study says

PH ranks 4th with highest number of women managers

Jan 14, 2015 - 8:17 PM

The country also tops the number of women managers in Asia at 47 6 according to an International Labor Organization report

Typhoon Ruby cripples livelihood for 800,000 – ILO

Dec 10, 2014 - 7:38 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment is also providing assistance to workers left jobless by closures and retrenchments of companies due to Typhoon Ruby

UAE rejects HRW report on abuse of foreign maids

Oct 25, 2014 - 8:42 AM

The report drew hasty conclusions based on unrepresentative cases a UAE official says