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152 million children worldwide still engaged in labor – ILO

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INDIGENOUS CHILD. Jeraldine Aboy, from the ethnic group Manobo Pulangihon, says she worked in a Bukidnon plantation at the age of 6. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Half of these child laborers are exposed to hazardous work

MANILA, Philippines (Sept. 19, 2017) — Despite major gains in minimizing child labor, there remains 152 million children engaged in forced work according to the new report by the International Labor Organization (ILO) released Tuesday, September 19. Continue reading 152 million children worldwide still engaged in labor – ILO

2 billion people drinking contaminated water – WHO

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Hundreds of thousands of people die each year because they are forced to drink contaminated water, the World Health Organization says, urging large investments to help provide universal access to safe drinking water

GENEVA, Switzerland (Apr. 13, 2017) — Dramatic improvements are needed in ensuring access to clean water and sanitation worldwide, the World Health Organization said Thursday, April 13, warning that nearly two billion people currently use fecal-contaminated water. Continue reading 2 billion people drinking contaminated water – WHO

Groups urge to legalize small-scale mining to stop child labor

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CHILD LABOR. Child laborers in the Philippines can be as young as 5. File photo from HRW

Out of 350,000 workers in small-scale gold mining, 18,000 are women and children

MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 15, 2017) — Archie Rapacon, now 16, started mining at age 11.

Although his parents – miners themselves – did not force him to continue mining work, he said that he preferred this because he is earning P180 to 200 a day. His family needs the income as well since his father has an undiagnosed ailment. Continue reading Groups urge to legalize small-scale mining to stop child labor

Gov’t, ILO vow to free 1 million kids from child labor

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ENDING CHILD LABOR. The International Labor Organization, together with several national government agencies, vows to end child labor by 2025. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Their campaign #1MBatangMalaya aims to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goal to eliminate child labor by 2025

MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 12, 2017) — The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) estimates that there are around 2.1 million Filipino children exposed to hazardous labor, which includes mining.  Continue reading Gov’t, ILO vow to free 1 million kids from child labor

Clean energy: The challenge of achieving a ‘just transition’ for workers

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An ex-miner at an abandoned coal mine in Romania. Photo: © Flore de Préneuf / World Bank.

Tackling climate change is good for the economy, good for business and good for people. This is the narrative often pushed out by campaigners, researchers and governments around the world

January 4, 2017 — But while measures to curb emissions and reduce the impacts of rising temperatures will be good for the many, the few who work in industries affected by climate policies risk losing their livelihoods as the economy leans increasingly upon renewable energy.  Continue reading Clean energy: The challenge of achieving a ‘just transition’ for workers

Workers face ‘epidemic of heat-related injuries’ due to climate change

Major UN report warns heat stress suffered by factory and field workers will devastate health and reduce productivity

April 28, 2016 — Workers in fields and factories face an epidemic of heat-related injuries that will devastate their health, income and productivity as climate change takes hold, a major UN report has warned. Continue reading Workers face ‘epidemic of heat-related injuries’ due to climate change

Global unemployment set to rise through 2017

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‘VULNERABLE EMPLOYMENT.’ A Filipino laborer carries sacks in Pasig city, east of Manila, Philippines, September 14, 2015. Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA
The International Labor Organization is also alarmed over the increase in the number of unstable jobs

GENEVA, Switzerland (Jan. 21, 2016) — Global unemployment rose in 2015 and is expected to worsen further over the next two years, the International Labor Organization said Tuesday, January 19 (Wednesday, January 20 in Manila), citing downturns in key emerging economies.

Continue reading Global unemployment set to rise through 2017