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ILO updates social contract with centenary declaration

ITF’s General Secretary, Stephen Cotton, speaking at the ILO’s centenary conference in Geneva, highlighted that ‘now is the time to assert authority as the global standard-bearer for labour rights.’ ILO agreed a centenary declaration designed to give all workers a floor of rights and protections in an ever-changing world of work. 

ISWAN: Four common myths around women at sea

In line with this year’s Day of the Seafarer which focuses on gender equality, ISWAN attempts to tackle the common misconceptions still surrounding women working at sea. Although women form 39.3% of the global workforce, women seafarers constitute only 2% of the total number of seafarers worldwide.

ITF welcomes ILO’s convention on harassment in workplace

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) welcomes ILO’s Convention and Recommendation to tackle violence and harassment in workplace. ITF supported that the lives of ITF union members, and in particular women transport workers, will be improved as a direct result. 

How ship inspections work and their possible consequences

Ship inspections are crucial for ensuring compliance with the Maritime Labour Convention, and therefore, decent living and working conditions for seafarers. Rear Admiral Luigi Giardino of the Italian Coast Guard explains how such inspections are carried out and what their consequences might be.

Watch: Skills development vital for green transition

The video, issued by ILO, attempts to explain how skills development measures are instrumental in reaping the benefits of potential job creation in new green economic activities and in addressing the social challenges in shifting to more sustainable models of energy generation, production and consumption across sectors. 

UN Global Compact: Ten principles for sustainable companies

The UN Global Compact has set ten principles for companies to integrate them into strategies, policies and procedures, in a bid to establish a culture of integrity. Corporate sustainability starts with a company’s value system and a principles-based approach to doing business.

Women in leadership roles boost company performance, says new report

Businesses with genuine gender diversity, particularly at senior level, perform better and see significant profit increases, according to a new ILO report. The report says that gender diversity effects beneficially when women hold 30% of leadership positions, although almost 60% of enterprises do not meet this target.

ILO, IMO agree to develop new medical guide for ships

IMO has agreed to develop a new medical guide for ships, jointly with ILO. The main objective would be to produce a practical up-to-date ships medical guide to assist those required to give medical assistance who are primarily not medics. 

ILO: 2.78 million workers die from occupational accidents annually

ILO launched a report on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), ahead of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28 April, in light of ILO’s 100 years of achievements. Globally 1,000 people are estimated to die every day from occupational accidents and a further 6,500 from work-related diseases.

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