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23 Feb 2015 4:50 EST

US Government to ILO: Right to Strike is Protected Under International Conventions

In remarks today at an ILO meeting in Geneva, a representative of the U.S. Department of Labor affirmed the U.S. government position that the right to strike is implicitly protected under ILO Convention 87 concerning Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize. Representing the U.S. government, Robert Shepard, the Director of the Office of International Relations at DOL's Bureau of International Labor Affairs, stated, "We concur that the right to organize activities under Convention 87 protects the right to strike, even though that right is not explicitly mentioned in the Convention." The remarks came during the "Tripartite Meeting on the Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize Convention, in relation to the right to strike", which brings together representatives of governments, workers, and employers to discuss whether Convention 87 implies an internationally recognized right to strike for workers. Learn More »



29 Jan 2015 11:30 EST

International Labor Organization receives $8 million award from DOL to prevent and reduce child labor in Vietnam

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs today announced the award of an $8 million cooperative agreement to the International Labor Organization to implement a technical cooperation project to prevent and reduce child labor in Vietnam. This project will be undertaken in coordination with the Government of Vietnam. Learn More »



22 Jan 2015 14:00 EST

Bureau of International Labor Affairs invests $11M to strengthen oversight and effectiveness of programs to combat child labor and forced labor

With an estimated 215 million children engaged in child labor and nearly 21 million victims of forced labor worldwide, it's critical that investments in projects to improve their lives employ the most effective and efficient interventions. Strong project monitoring and rigorous evaluations are necessary to determine which of many possible approaches will most effectively secure and protect the rights of these children and adults. The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs today announced $11 million in grants for monitoring and evaluation activities that will help ILAB answer the crucial question: What are the most effective tools for eliminating child labor and forced labor and providing vulnerable children and adults with opportunities for a better standard of living? Learn More »



15 Jan 2015 11:30 EST

DOL awards $1.3M to help implement Mexican employment discrimination laws

Mexico's Federal Labor Law Reform of 2012 protects workers from various forms of discrimination: female workers fired or never hired for being pregnant; LGBT workers retaliated against for their sexual orientation; and men and women sexually harassed in the workplace.  Learn More »



15 Jan 2015 11:30 EST

"Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor" report released by US Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez today announced the 13th edition of the "Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor" report, prepared annually by the Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs. The report assesses efforts by more than 140 countries to reduce the worst forms of child labor and reports whether countries have made significant, moderate, minimal or no advancement from year to year. It also suggests actions they can take to eliminate the worst forms of child labor through legislation, enforcement, coordination, policies and social programs. A new grant to combat child labor internationally was also announced. Learn More »



7 OCT 2014 11:00 EDT

Joint statement on one-year anniversary of deadly factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh

The U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of State, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Agency for International Development today issued the following statement on the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse: Learn More »



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