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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

Gender parity at work only possible if men do more at home – U.N.

Mar 08, 2019 - 8:13 AM

The UN's International Labor Organization says there were a number of factors blocking equality in employment – the biggest being the heavy caregiving burden borne by women

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

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

PH lags in providing pension amid increasing life expectancy – ILO

Dec 02, 2017 - 11:57 AM

The International Labor Organization says that from 2000 to 2015, life expectancy in the Philippines grew by 5 years – the fastest increase observed since the 1960s

SOCIAL PROTECTION. The Philippines lags behind its Asian neighbors in providing adequate social pension for senior citizens.  Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

The silent struggle of returning OFWs

Oct 28, 2017 - 11:00 AM

After years of living alone abroad, how do OFWs adjust to family life in the Philippines?

HOMECOMING. OFWs face financial and psychological challenges when they return to the Philippines. Rappler file photo

ASEAN urged to protect 'invisible' domestic workers

Oct 26, 2017 - 3:47 PM

There are 10 million domestic workers, making up 20% of the total migrant workforce in the region

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

152 million children worldwide still engaged in labor – ILO

Sep 19, 2017 - 5:26 PM

Half of these child laborers are exposed to hazardous work

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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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

The bleak future of undocumented migrant workers in ASEAN

Feb 13, 2017 - 11:00 AM

PART 2: ASEAN countries view the issue of undocumented migrant workers differently Singapore and Malaysia view it as a security threat while the Philippines and Indonesia as a matter of human rights

File photo by Saeed Khan/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.

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

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

Senate bill wants 150 days of maternity leave in PH

Jul 23, 2016 - 8:11 PM

The current law is below the international labor standard on maternal protection that recommends 14 weeks or 98 days of maternity leave says Senator Francis Pangilinan

MATERNITY LEAVE. Senator Pia Cayetano's bill applies to female employees working in the government and the private sector.

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

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

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

Among all workers, who spend the most time at work?

May 01, 2015 - 4:31 PM

Statistics show that across gender and industries from 2006 to 2013 women executives do

Stranded Filipino seafarers in New South Wales now safe

Apr 01, 2015 - 12:29 PM

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration is told to notify Araw Manning Agency which deployed the seafarers

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

ILO gives PH $1M grant to improve labor laws compliance

Dec 28, 2014 - 5:18 PM

This is a welcome gift to the Philippines and will boost the implementation of the DOLE’s new labor laws compliance system says Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma

JOBS FAIR. Applicants find jobs that match their skills. Photo by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

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

Filipino victims of abuse in UAE back in PH to help OFWs

Oct 24, 2014 - 9:38 AM

They vow to warn would be OFWs of the dangers of not fighting for one s rights

Philippines fails to implement pro-OFW law – watchdog

Oct 23, 2014 - 10:25 PM

OFWs who have been abused in the UAE slam the Philippine government for slow progress of labor cases and laxity in monitoring proper implementation of labor contracts

Migrant domestic workers in UAE treated like 'animals'

Oct 23, 2014 - 10:00 AM

The UAE should reform its kafala system so domestic workers can change employers without their consent and without losing valid immigration status says Human Rights Watch

ASEAN integration to create 3.1M jobs in PH

Oct 08, 2014 - 5:43 PM

The country needs to boost skills training and social protection now to make the most of the ASEAN integration or else risk worsening poverty a study says

P10,000 for OFWs in Libya: The price of dignity

Aug 15, 2014 - 7:58 AM

It s a shame that even after 40 years the Philippines remains unable to keep Filipino talent at home and a greater crime that most of those who choose to stay are not as well paid as their counterparts abroad

Bangladesh factory victims get money ahead of anniversary

Apr 22, 2014 - 11:30 PM

The payments were made as a Geneva based international labor group blasted Western retailers for their woefully inadequate contributions to the fund set up by the International Labor Organization ILO

ILO: Norway aid helps livelihood programs in Yolanda-hit areas

Feb 05, 2014 - 6:12 PM

Norway increases its aid to a total of USD 42 million allocating USD 3 2 million to the ILO’s livelihood recovery program

NO LIVELIHOOD. Super Typhoon Yolanda not only left residents in Tacloban City, Leyte without homes but also without sources of income. Photo from EPA/ Dennis Sabangan.

ILO: Emergency work programs to ‘speed up’ Haiyan recovery

Dec 26, 2013 - 5:58 PM

This strategy had been used in countries like Cambodia Indonesia Sri Lanka and East Timor to help disaster victims

Post-Yolanda: Protect workers from risks

Dec 23, 2013 - 12:11 PM

ILO is currently working with private organizations Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation Ace Hardware and SM Cares to provide workers masks hats gloves boots and long sleeved shirts

WORKERS' SAFETY: ILO says workers helping rebuild typhoon-hit areas should be provided protective equipment. Photo by Rappler/Jake Verzosa

Ethiopia's colossal human airlift from Saudi Arabia

Dec 12, 2013 - 2:50 PM

Ethiopian and international agencies are straining to support one of the largest human airlift operations in recent history

BACK HOME. Ethiopian immigrants returning from Saudi Arabia searching for their luggages among unclaimed bags at Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport, December 10, 2013. AFP/Jenny Vaughan

Decent service jobs 'priority' in Yolanda areas

Dec 02, 2013 - 12:20 PM

ILO says decent and sustainable work will speed up the recovery process because of the so called multiplier effect

STILL UNREPAIRED. The house of Arnel Ancuna in Ajuy, northern Iloilo, is still unrepaired 19 days after Yolanda. Arnel takes on jobs repairing their neighbors' houses to earn a living. Shown in the photo is his son Lloyd Ancuna, 5 years old. Emmanuel Lerona of Typhoon Yolanda Story Hub Visayas

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Jun 12, 2013 - 8:54 PM

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10-M children work as domestic servants: ILO

Jun 12, 2013 - 9:30 AM

Vulnerable to physical psychological and sexual violence and abusive working conditions they are often isolated hidden and become highly dependent on employers

CHILD LABOR. Afghan child laborers carry water at a mechanics shop in Ghazni city, during Children's Day on June 1, 2013. Photo by Rahmatullah Alizada/AFP

Number of unemployed youth drops in PH

May 09, 2013 - 1:32 PM

But youth unemployment rate in the Philippines drops