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International labour standards have grown into a comprehensive system of instruments on work and social policy, backed by a supervisory system designed to address all sorts of problems in their application at the national level.  more


  1. CEACR Event for the Centenary

    Monitoring compliance with ILO standards: Significant achievements and opportunities ahead

    28 November 2019 (15:00-18:00), ILO Geneva, Room II

    Roundtable – Chairperson (Judge G. Dixon Caton) and six key speakers (Judge R. Layton, Professor J. Bellace, Judge A. Koroma, Ms S. Regenbogen, Mr M. Leemans and Mr P. Rochford) 

  1. ILO centenary initiatives

    The standards initiative

  2. One for All

    ILO Centenary Ratification Campaign

  3. #Trade4DecentWork

    Trade for Decent Work Project

    The project aims at improving the application of the ILO fundamental Conventions in EU trading partner countries through improved labour relations and working conditions

  4. ILC, 108th Session, 2019

    Committee on the Application of Standards

    10-21 June 2019

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  1. Event

    Monitoring compliance with ILO standards: Significant achievements and opportunities ahead

    This event will allow a discussion of the role of the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations and its relationship with the Conference Committee on the Application of Standards in the context of achieving better compliance with ILO standards.

  2. © Frans Persoon 2019

    International Labour Standards

    Convention No 1: A landmark for Workers’ Rights

    13 November 2019

    100 years ago the first International Labour Conference adopted the first International Labour Standard – on working time. As the ILO celebrates this landmark moment, ILO Working Time specialist, Jon Messenger, looks back at the history of the Convention and its impact.

  3. International Labour Standards

    Malawi renews commitment toward International Labour Standards

    12 November 2019

  4. Maritime Labour Convention

    Sudan ratifies the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, as amended (MLC, 2006)

    11 November 2019

    Sudan is the 95th member State to have ratified this Convention.

  5. GB roundup

    ILO Governing Body concludes 337th session

    08 November 2019

    The ILO Governing Body ended its 337th session on 7 November 2019. ILO News discussed the highlights of the session with Juan Llobera, Clerk of the Governing Body.