ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work
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Freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining
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Effective abolition of child labour
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What's new
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ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work

Adopted in 1998, the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work is an expression of commitment by governments, employers' and workers' organizations to uphold basic human values - values that are vital to our social and economic lives. More >

The Declaration covers four fundamental principles and rights at work

What's New

  1. New ILO Protocol on Forced Labour to be discussed with the diplomatic community at the upcoming European Commemoration Day Against Trafficking in Persons in Geneva

    14 October 2014

    In commemoration of the European Day against Trafficking in Persons, an event will explore the challenges of Protection and Partnership, on October 17th, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

  2. Jordan reviews the state of collective bargaining at national and sector-specific levels

    26 June 2014

    Government officials as well as workers’ and employers’ organizations discuss progress and challenges facing freedom of association and collective bargaining in Jordan.

  3. Jordan reviews the state of collective bargaining at national and sector-specific levels

    26 June 2014

    Government officials as well as workers’ and employers’ organizations discuss progress and challenges facing freedom of association and collective bargaining in Jordan.

  4. ILO launches new knowledge sharing platform on forced labour

    22 April 2014

    AP-Forced Labour Net is a new ILO-sponsored online knowledge sharing platform for individuals, organizations, and institutions working on issues related to forced labour, human trafficking and slavery in the Asia-Pacific region.

Global reports on the Declaration's principles and rights

  1. Accelerating action against child labour. Report of the Director-General, International Labour Conference, 99th session, 2010
    07 May 2010

    In its quadrennial Global Report on child labour, the ILO said that the global number of child labourers had declined from 222 million to 215 million, or 3 per cent, over the period 2004 to 2008, representing a “slowing down of the global pace of reduction.” The report also expressed concern that the global economic crisis could “further brake” progress toward the goal of eliminating the worst forms of child labour by 2016.

  2. The cost of coercion
    12 May 2009

    Forced labour is the antithesis of decent work. The least protected persons, including women and youth, indigenous peoples, and migrant workers, are particularly vulnerable. Modern forced labour can be eradicated with a sustained commitment and resources.

  3. Equality at work : tackling the challenges. Global report under the follow-up to the ILO Declaration on fundamental principles and rights at work. Report of the Director-General, 2007
    10 May 2007

    Provides a global picture of job-related discrimination, citing both progress and failures in the struggle to fight discrimination ranging from traditional forms such as sex, race or religion, to newer forms based on age, sexual orientation, HIV/AIDS status and disability.

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