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“Fly now, pay later”:
One of the traps for migrant workers 

Ria Cruz felt like a dog, or worse, a piece of meat sold from one employer to another.

Trapped in forced labour, the 28-year old migrant domestic worker toiled for almost 20 hours a day. After long hours of work, she was locked in a dark and filthy stock room. Her employer kept her passport and gave her leftover food.

As Ria recounted her experience working abroad, she could not help weeping.

Read more "Fly now, pay later"


Philippines bolsters fight against child labour

The Philippines intensifies its fight against child labour. “Makiisa para sa 1 milyong batang Malaya” (One with the children to end child labour) featured the launch of three major initiatives against child labour. These initiatives include a first comprehensive project on child labour with set up of helpdesks, a new project on child labour in gold mining, and a new child labour module in the conditional cash transfer programme.

Read more Philippines bolsters fight against child labour

Decent Work

Decent Work Country Diagnostics consultation and validation workshop

The ILO and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) bring together government agencies, workers and employers organizations, key stakeholders and partners to validate initial findings of the Decent Work Country Diagnostics. 

The Decent Work Country Diagnostics  is a draft comprehensive narrative of the growth, productive employment, decent work situation and trends in the Philippines. The Diagnostics aims to provide indicative priorities and to identify decent work challenges as input to the development of the Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) and other development plans. 

Download the initial draft of the Decent Work Country Diagnostics
Gender equality

Most women prefer to be working and the majority of men agree, ILO-Gallup report shows

New landmark report clearly shows that concerns regarding gender equality and achieving a better work-family balance resonate around the world. 

The ILO-Gallup report, “Towards a better future for women and work: Voices of women and men”, provides a first-ever account of global attitudes and perceptions of women and men regarding women and work. The results come from the Gallup World Poll which was conducted in 142 countries and territories and surveyed almost 149,000 adults. It is representative of more than 99 per cent of the global adult population. 

Read more New ILO-Gallup Report

Trade Unions

Organizing and Mobilizing Workers

The ILO's Bureau for Workers' Activities (ACTRAV) gathered leaders and communications officers of trade unions in a training workshop in the Philippines. Organizing and mobilizing vulnerable groups such as migrants, domestic workers and other precariously employed workers are significant challenges that exist for trade unions in a number of countries including in the Philippines. The issue is not only about reaching out to workers but also making their voice heard in the society so that change for the better happens. 

The training workshop helped strengthen communication skills of workers organizations and enhanced their capacity to use communication strategies and tools for organizing and mobilizing workers. 

View photos and videos Communications: Organizing and Mobilizing Workers

World Employment and Social Outlook Trends 2017

ILO: Global unemployment expected
to rise by 3.4 million in 2017

The global unemployment rate is expected to rise modestly from 5.7 to 5.8 per cent in 2017 representing an increase of 3.4 million in the number of jobless people based on an ILO report.

The number of unemployed persons globally in 2017 is forecast to stand at just over 201 million – with an additional rise of 2.7 million expected in 2018 – as the pace of labour force growth outstrips job creation, according to the ILO’s World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2017  (WESO). 

Read more World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2017

Trade and Employment

Tripartite Working Group
on Trade and Employment

The ILO’s Strengthening the Impact of Trade on Employment in the Philippines (STRENGTHEN) , a project funded by the European Union , has convened its first Tripartite Working Group Meeting for Trade and Employment.

Representatives from government agencies, employers’ and workers organizations joined the meeting to discuss the current situation including government policies and directives to improve the coconut export industry. The meeting also tackled issues, concerns and challenges on trade and employment. 

Read more Tripartite Working Group Meeting on Trade and Employment
Child labour and working conditions
in small-scale gold mining
The Philippines ranks as the top five mineral-rich country in the world, second in gold and third in copper resources. The CARING Gold Project of the ILO, funded by the United States Department of Labor will address child labour and working conditions in artisanal and small-scale gold mining. Know more about the CARING Gold Project.

Photos ©ILO/M. Rimando

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