The Programme for Workers’ Activities is the training arm of the Bureau for Workers' Activities (ACTRAV) of the ILO. The Programme responds to the training needs of workers' organizations through courses, materials, projects and advisory services.
We are pleased to share another report by one of our participants
My name is Judermi T. García Betancourt and I work for the Regional Executive of Carabobo State, Venezuela. I have worked in the civil service for many years. In 2005, I was elected by my peers to be Secretary-General of the Union of Public Employees of Carabobo State.
Still riding the crest of the wave!
Daniela Klein, an official at the Centre in Turin, continues her sporting triumphs.
The ILO Director-General addresses ACTRAV-Turin participants at a training workshop in Beijing
During his visit to China, Mr Guy Ryder, Director-General of the ILO, dropped in to greet trade union representatives from nine Asian countries participating in a training workshop on 'Wage-led, Job-rich Recovery from Crisis” in Beijing.
Areas of expertise
Activities for Employers
The private sector is a vehicle for economic growth, macroeconomic stability and poverty reduction. Indeed, successful companies invest, improve productivity, employ people, pay salaries, provide goods and services, generate profits and pay taxes.
The ILO estimates that there are still 215 million children caught in child labour, of whom 115 million are exposed to hazardous work, a measure of which is often used as a proxy for the worst forms of child labour. These estimates show that the problem of child labour is still immense. Its elimination requires a concerted effort by governments, international organizations, employers, workers, NGOs, local communities, the children themselves and their parents.
The ILO estimates that between 25 and 30 per cent of the world's growing labour force is unemployed or under-employed. This is a major cause of poverty. In addition, 500 million women and men work for less than US$ 1 per day, many of them in micro-enterprises in the informal economy.
Forced labour and human trafficking
The ILO estimates that at least 20.9 million persons worldwide are victims of forced labour, trapped in exploitative work which they are unable to leave, suffering at the hands of unscrupulous employers, labour contractors or agents. They may be victims of trafficking into commercial sexual exploitation. More often, they are working in "mainstream" economic sectors like agriculture, construction or informal manufacturing, frequently labouring under the burden of a debt which they can never repay.
Freedom of association
Freedom of association is a universally recognized and protected human right and a core ILO value enshrined in its Constitution since 1919.
HIV and AIDS
Our training concerning HIV and AIDS focuses on workplace policies and programmes, prevention and social protection. The workplace offers an entry point from which to reach young and adult populations, because nine out of ten people living with HIV are adults in their productive prime.
International labour standards
International labour standards (ILS) are legal instruments that establish basic minimum social standards agreed upon by governments, employers and workers. ILS cover all matters related to work and are backed up by a supervisory system designed to deal with all sorts of problems in their application at the national level.
Labour Dispute Prevention and Resolution
Dispute resolution mechanisms have to be in place in order to manage industrial relations conflict before they turn into major industrial actions such as strikes and lock-outs. In industrial relations, it is inevitable that disagreements arise between workers and employers regarding issues related to interests and rights.
Occupational safety and health and working conditions
The ILO seeks to create worldwide awareness of the dimensions and consequences of work-related accidents, injuries and diseases. These are estimated to kill over two million workers each year. In addition, the ILO aims to secure basic protection for all workers through international labour standards. It also works to enhance the capacity of member States and industry to design and implement policies that provide prevention and protection.
Social Dialogue and Industrial Relations
Institutional capacity building is key for promoting and organizing social dialogue in a systematized manner. Social dialogue is a pillar of democracy and a means for designing and monitoring labour, economic and social policies.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognises every person’s right to social security, and there is a general consensus about the benefits that good social security coverage can provide. Yet, surprisingly, global estimates show that only one in five people have adequate social security coverage.
Education and training are among the major functions of workers' organizations throughout the world. Training members and officials is essential to strengthening the organization and improving its functions and services for members. The involvement of workers' organizations in an increasing number of social and economic issues makes workers' education and training even more vital to strengthening those organizations' capacity and enabling them to represent the interests of working people better.