Magazine article Workforce

The International Labour Organization Announces Policy Changes in Several Countries

Magazine article Workforce

The International Labour Organization Announces Policy Changes in Several Countries

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The International Labour Organization (ILO), in Geneva, is an association of governments, employers and workers of 174 countries working to improve conditions of life and work worldwide. In June, the ILO published the following bulletins:

In Algeria, the legal workweek has been reduced from 44 hours to 40 hours, following negotiations between the government and the trade unions.

In Brazil, the Lower House of Parliament has adopted a draft bill instituting a temporary work contract. The aim is to reduce the cost of labor and to stimulate job creation. The proportion of work contracts for temporary workers allowed will be tied to company size.

Reports of a spectacular decline in unemployment in the United Kingdom have been contested on several fronts. According to some economists, the lS consecutive months of decline in the unemployment rate, which stands today at 6 percent, can be attributed more to changes in calculation methods (30 such changes since 1979) than to a liberalization of the labor market. …

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