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GENEVA : World Labor Issues

June 04, 1991

Delegates from five continents will hear a report on the global growth of the so-called informal economic sector at an International Labor Organization conference in Geneva on Wednesday.

From First World sweatshops to phantom industries throughout the Third World, the report cites the spread of unregulated economic activities which employ low-income workers in substandard conditions, usually without the protection of social legislation.

Nothing that the dynamic underground economy often provides an alternative to no work at all, the ILO report nevertheless urges member states to encourage better pay, productivity and working conditions in the sector.

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