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Labour standards

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

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  1. General Survey

    General Survey concerning working-time instruments - Ensuring decent working time for the future

    23 February 2018

    The Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations has just published its annual General Survey on member States' national law and practice concerning working-time.

  2. International labour standards

    ILO publishes annual report on the application of standards

    06 February 2018

    The Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations, whose work constitutes the cornerstone of the ILO's supervisory system on international labour standards, has just published its annual report.

  3. Domestic work

    Convention No. 189 on domestic workers ratified by Brazil

    01 February 2018

    Brazil promotes decent work for an estimated 7 million domestic workers.

  4. Seafarers' Identity Documents Convention

    Myanmar strengthens efforts to protect seafarers’ rights

    17 January 2018

    Myanmar becomes the 35th ILO member State to ratify Convention C185.

  5. Publication

    Guide to international labour standards and rights at work concerning young people

    14 December 2017

  6. Fishing Labour Convention

    ILO Work in Fishing Convention No.188 (2007) enters into force

    16 November 2017

    Landmark Convention will boost global efforts to ensure decent work for the world’s 38 million workers in the fishing sector.

  7. Questions and Answers

    ILO Governing Body wraps up its 331st session

    13 November 2017

    The November session of the ILO Governing Body ended on 9 November. ILO News discussed the highlights with Juan Llobera, Clerk of the Governing Body.

  8. Committee on Freedom of Association

    383rd Report of the Committee on Freedom of Association (November 2017)

    08 November 2017

  9. 331st ILO Governing Body

    ILO Governing Body welcomes Qatar’s commitment to bolster migrant worker rights

    08 November 2017

    At its 331st Session, the ILO’s Governing Body recognized progress made by Qatar, and welcomed its commitment to ensuring fundamental principles and rights at work for all workers and the resulting breakthrough to end the “kafala” sponsorship system.

  10. Forced labour

    Namibia joins the global movement to combat forced labour

    06 November 2017