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Chile cuts work week to 40 hrs: Which countries have the longest work hours?
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Chile cuts work week to 40 hrs: Which countries have the longest work hours?

Chile has approved legislation that cuts the work week from 45 hours to 40 hours. The International Labour Organization statistics reveal that countries like Mauritania, Egypt, Gambia, Qatar, and Burkina Faso have the world’s longest work week

Economic slowdown will force workers into worse jobs in 2023, says UN
World

Economic slowdown will force workers into worse jobs in 2023, says UN

A global economic slowdown will force more workers into accepting lower quality, poorly paid jobs in 2023, while inflation gobbles up real term wages, the United Nations warned Monday.

UN labour agency estimates 50 million people worldwide lived in 'modern slavery' last year
World

UN labour agency estimates 50 million people worldwide lived in 'modern slavery' last year

The International Labour Organisation and partners point to worrying trends such as 'commercial sexual exploitation' affecting nearly one in four people who are subject to forced labour and with the poor, women and children hardest hit

World Day Against Child Labour 2021: Theme this year is 'Act Now, End Child Labour'
World

World Day Against Child Labour 2021: Theme this year is 'Act Now, End Child Labour'

This special day was first observed in 2002 by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), a United Nations agency

World Teachers' Day 2020: UN chief thanks educators for 'crucial role'; 'teachers leading in crisis' is this year's theme
India

World Teachers' Day 2020: UN chief thanks educators for 'crucial role'; 'teachers leading in crisis' is this year's theme

The day commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 International Labour Organization and UNESCO recommendation, which sets benchmarks regarding the responsibilities and rights of teachers as well as standards for their preparation and further education, recruitment, employment

Qatar has 'effectively dismantled' long-criticised kafala system of employment, says ILO
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Qatar has 'effectively dismantled' long-criticised kafala system of employment, says ILO

Qatar also has adopted a minimum monthly wage of 1,000 Qatari riyals (USD 275) for workers, the ILO said.

Coronavirus Updates: Three SC courts to start physical hearing in a week’s time on pilot basis
India

Coronavirus Updates: Three SC courts to start physical hearing in a week’s time on pilot basis

Coronavirus Updates:Subject to the direction of the competent authority, only a limited category/number of matters for final hearing may be listed for physical hearing, the SC registry said in a letter to the Supreme Court Advocates on Record Associatio

In post-COVID world, rethinking livelihoods and laws necessary to help informal sector cope with new norm
India

In post-COVID world, rethinking livelihoods and laws necessary to help informal sector cope with new norm

With limited laws and policies governing them, informal workers are often left at the mercy of their employers.

Coronavirus Updates: Amit Shah tells Delhi, Haryana, UP CMs to increase rapid antigen testing to reduce transmission rate
India

Coronavirus Updates: Amit Shah tells Delhi, Haryana, UP CMs to increase rapid antigen testing to reduce transmission rate

Coronavirus Updates: RJD MLA Shahnawaz Alam has tested positive for COVID-19, the fourth legislator in Bihar to have contracted the disease.

Trade unions stage protests against suspension, tweaking of labour laws by some states during lockdown
Business

Trade unions stage protests against suspension, tweaking of labour laws by some states during lockdown

Ten central trade unions on Friday held protests across the country to oppose suspension and tweaking of labour laws by states

Trade unions to go on strike on 22 May to protest against labour laws suspension by some states during the lockdown
Business

Trade unions to go on strike on 22 May to protest against labour laws suspension by some states during the lockdown

Ten central trade unions on Friday gave a call for a nationwide strike on 22 May to protest against the suspension of labour laws by some states during the lockdown period, and also decided to take the matter to International Labour Organization (ILO)

Trade unions to go on strike on 22 May to protest against labour laws suspension; seek immediate relief to stranded workers
Business

Trade unions to go on strike on 22 May to protest against labour laws suspension; seek immediate relief to stranded workers

While Uttar Pradesh suspended major labour laws, Madhya Pradesh has tweaked some rules amid the lockdown to spur economic activities.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Over 1.25 bn jobs at stake; Asia-Pacific region to see greatest loss in work hours, says ILO
Business

Coronavirus Outbreak: Over 1.25 bn jobs at stake; Asia-Pacific region to see greatest loss in work hours, says ILO

Over 1.25 billion workers are seeing their livelihoods threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations said on Tuesday, warning it was the "worst global crisis" since World War II.

Global job losses could exceed 25 mn, much more than estimated by UN days ago; US jobless claims surge to record levels
Business

Global job losses could exceed 25 mn, much more than estimated by UN days ago; US jobless claims surge to record levels

The International Labour Organization, a UN agency, had estimated a week ago that, based on different scenarios for the impact of the pandemic on growth, the global ranks of the jobless would rise by between 5.3 million and 24.7 million.

UN lowers India growth forecast to 5.7% for FY20; expects momentum to pick up in 2020
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UN lowers India growth forecast to 5.7% for FY20; expects momentum to pick up in 2020

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in India and few other large emerging countries may gain some momentum this year after the global economy recorded its lowest growth of 2.3 percent in 2019 due to prolonged trade disputes, a UN study said

Adivasis and the Indian State: Tribal groups particularly vulnerable to bonded labour, strict enforcement needed to prevent exploitation
India

Adivasis and the Indian State: Tribal groups particularly vulnerable to bonded labour, strict enforcement needed to prevent exploitation

People from Scheduled Tribes in rural areas are often lured with petty sums to work in labour-intensive units, and then treated like cattle.

World Day Against Child Labour 2019: Experts rue lack of govt response to concerns over 'family enterprises' clause in Indian law
India

World Day Against Child Labour 2019: Experts rue lack of govt response to concerns over 'family enterprises' clause in Indian law

World Day Against Child Labour 2019: In India, 12 percent of all children are engaged in some form of child labour, according to a 2017 UNICEF report.

World Day Against Child Labour 2019 today: 'Children shouldn't work in fields, but on dreams' is ILO's theme this year
World

World Day Against Child Labour 2019 today: 'Children shouldn't work in fields, but on dreams' is ILO's theme this year

The World Day Against Child Labour, introduced by the International Labour Organisation in 2002, is observed every year on 12 June to raise awareness about the plight of child labourers worldwide.