I come from a family of migrants. In the early 1900s, the British colonial authorities brought both of my great-grandfathers from Utter Pradesh in India to Fiji as indentured labourers. Life was considerably tougher for them than it ever has been for me. I can’t imagine how they and many thousands of others coped working endless hours in the sugarcane fields. Continue reading
Like many newly-minted graduates before me, I realized very quickly after leaving university that the types of jobs available to me were not as plentiful as those for friends who had studied science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.
I learned the hard way how important it is to have the skills that employers are looking for. Continue reading
Large multilateral organizations like the ILO have occasionally been accused of limiting themselves to mere declarations of principle, without any real practical impact.
Indeed, when I first began working in the ILO’s standards department some 24 years ago, I was asked to review the impact of the Committee on Freedom of Association. Like others, I did wonder about the effectiveness of the mechanisms that were in place to ensure the implementation of ratified Conventions – known as ILO’s ‘supervisory system’. Continue reading