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SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Dec. 14) – Two more South Pacific countries are to join the [United Nations] International Labour Organisation.

They are Tuvalu and the Marshall Islands which have shown interest and asked to be a part of the ILO, says director Abbu Zakaria.

They would bring to eight the number of Pacific Island countries which are members of ILO.

The countries that are full members of ILO are Fiji, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Vanuatu and Samoa.

Fiji is the oldest member. It joined in 1974 while Samoa joined this year.

At present, the ILO office serves 22 Pacific island countries and Mr Zakaria said they were glad because more countries planned to join.

The ILO's decent work country program is based on national consensus to reduce decent work deficit with particular reference to member states.

They work with traditional partners or constituents, namely governments, workers and employers organisation.

The ILO promotes standards and fundamental principles securing the rights of workers.

It also tries to create opportunities for women and men to secure decent employment.

December 14, 2005

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