History of ILO and WageIndicator

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) encourages the WageIndicator initiative. The ILO is an agency of the United Nations. It stands for the promotion of social justice and the international recognition of human and labour rights. 

  •  Analyses of 50 Indonesian Collective Agreements. Publication used for training.
  • WageIndicator Board member Catelene Passchier elected President of the Workers'Group of the ILO

Wage Indicator Foundation cooperates in many countries with national/regional ILO offices. 

By the 10th anniversay of WageIndicator ILO says: "Big congratulations on the 10th anniversary. The success achieved last ten years have silenced sceptics. Well done", by mouth of Sangheon Lee, Head, Research and Policy Unit, Conditions of Work and Employment Programme (TRAVAIL).

  • Manuela Tomei during the WageIndicator Conference - April 16 - pointed out its potential contribution to the ILO-Global Wage Trend Report. Tomei, who heads the Conditions of Work and Employment Programme in Geneva, highlighted WageIndicator’s updated data on prevailing market wages, its easy access, wide dissemination and participatory approach - no problem of free-rider. It provides occupation specific data, which are internationally comparable. All this makes the potential contribution to the Global Wage Trend Report very valuable, she insisted. WageIndicator may also help to eventually bridge the statistical divide between industrialized and developing countries. And anyhow, even in industrialized countries, more transparency is needed, Tomei said. This is key to an effective dialogue between employers and employees. To avoid the deadlock Tomei expressed as: “I don’t believe your dodgy data, and my data says the opposite”, but create trust instead.


  • ILO expressed their will to support the WageIndicator 75 country plan and to give advise on any level for this plan.


  • In September 2006 Sir Trotman, Chair of the ILO Workersgroup wrote a letter of support. "I believe the WageIndicator concept holds a promise to deepen our understanding of the functioning of the labourmarket, both nationally and internationally, and I sincerely hope it will play a constructive role in labour relations in many countries."


  • In 2005 the article 'Feeling underpaid? Check WageIndicator' was written about WageIndicator in the ILO magazine World of Work (PDF, 744 kB).



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