International Labour Organization

The International Labour Organization is responsible for drawing up and overseeing international labour standards. It is the only ‘tripartite’ United Nations agency bringing together representatives of governments, employers and workers to shape policies and programmes.

Unequal growth path dehumanises workers

Tens of thousands of people around the world are taking to the streets today to mark May 1. What else is new? Well, plenty. The continuing economic crisis is hitting workers hardest.

Tuesday, 1 May, 2012, 12:00am

Military rulers face renewed call to end forced labour

A delegation from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) arrived in Yangon last night in the highest-level contact between the labour body and the Myanmese government for several years.

During the four-day official visit, the ILO team hopes to meet top government ministers, opposition leaders and representatives of ethnic groups.

22 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Unionists denounce detention

The International Confederation of Trade Unions (ICFTU) has filed a complaint with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) about the detention in China of a labour activist who campaigned for retired state workers.

29 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Rights for workers

The International Labour Organisation has had a rocky relationship with China. It opened offices in Beijing in 1984, but the events in Tiananmen Square five years later brought engagement to an end. Only in the past three years have relations improved. The holding of a major meeting on labour issues in the Great Hall of the People in January is a sign of progress.

9 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

UN asks firms to sign pledge

Corporate social responsibility is the key to a sustainable business, claims a representative from the office of the United Nations secretary-general.

Frederick Dubee, in Hong Kong promoting the Global Compact, a bid to encourage good corporate citizenship, said trying to better understand community and consumers' concerns was simply good business.

21 May 2001 - 12:00am

Collective bargaining must be voluntary

I refer to your editorial headlined 'Collective bargaining' (South China Morning Post December 23), and would like to set out the HKSAR Government's position on the matter.

The Government has applied International Labour Convention No 98 on the Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining ('the convention') since 1975.

28 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Collective bargaining

It is no secret that the SAR Government has set its face firmly against the idea of collective bargaining.

23 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Court bid mooted in labour law row

Pro-democracy unionists were yesterday considering seeking a judicial review of repealed labour laws.

The move comes after the International Labour Organisation (ILO) attacked the repeal, saying it breached international conventions.

However, the Government denied the allegation.

20 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

Unionist in court action threat over labour laws

A unionist has threatened to take the Government to court if it refuses to act in accordance with rulings and recommendations of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on laws curtailing labour rights.

Lee Cheuk-yan, general secretary of the Confederation of Trade Unions, yesterday lodged a complaint to the ILO against the SAR Government.

1 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Fears of trade protection are unfounded

THE Joint Communique issued after the 10th ASEAN Labour Ministers' Meeting (South China Morning Post, May 17) tends to lead to a misunderstanding about the ''social clause'' which the trade unions are campaigning for inclusion in international trade agreements like the GATT.

24 May 1994 - 12:00am

Shipowners in talks on labour

REPRESENTATIVES of shipowners and seafarers met the International Labour Organisation (ILO) director general Michael Hansenne in Geneva earlier this month to discuss the ILO maritime machinery and work programme.

Both sides of the industry were concerned that ILO maritime activities should not be downgraded as a result of the organisation's review of sectoral activities.

16 Mar 1994 - 12:00am