ILO Labor Conference Starts Wednesday

A committee will discuss a possible standard for decent work for domestic workers.

The International Labour Organization will hold its 100th International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, from June 1 to June 17. The conference will be held at the UN office at the Palais des Nations; it opens as major social unrest is occurring in the Middle East and North Africa and with the backdrop of contining economic challenges.

ILO said the event's highlights include the presentation of the director-general's report on the need for a new era of social justice; the publication of a report on the situation of workers in the occupied territories; and a new ILO-IPEC report on hazardous forms of child labor.

Participants expected to attend include Germany's Angela Merkel, Russia's Vladimir Putin, Jakaya Kikwete from Tanzania, and Micheline Calmy-Rey from Switzerland. A committee will meet to consider standards for decent work for domestic workers.

Panels will be organized on "Global Youth: Leading Change" and "The Role of Decent Work in a Fairer, Greener, Sustainable Globalization."

Details are available at www.ilo.org/ilc.

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