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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


  1. Guide on Established Practices

  2. ILC, 109th session, 2021

    Committee on the Application of Standards (CAS)

    The Committee met virtually on 28 May 2021 and from 3 to 19 June 2021.

  3. ILC, 109th session, 2021

    New rules of procedure

    On 18 June 2021, the International Labour Conference adopted a consolidated text of amended Standing Orders of the Conference. This is the first comprehensive review of the rules of procedure of the annual Conference to be undertaken since 1945.

  4. Covid-19: Protecting workers

  1. The standards initiative

  2. Training on International Labour Standards

  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

What's new

  1. Occupational Safety and Health

    Uzbekistan ratifies the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention

    14 September 2021

    The Government of Uzbekistan has deposited the instrument of ratification of the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 2006 (No. 187). The Convention is one of the key ILO instruments on workplace safety and health and commits countries to promote continuous improvement on the issue.

  2. Labour Standards

    Greece ratifies the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention and the Violence and Harassment Convention

    30 August 2021

  3. International Labour Standards

    Guide on established practices across the ILO supervisory system

    26 August 2021

  4. International Labour Standards

    Sierra Leone is founding crisis recovery and resilience on international labour standards

    25 August 2021

    Sierra Leone’s historic ratification of 9 ILO instruments was marked in a virtual ceremony with the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder.

  5. International Labour Standards

    Antigua and Barbuda ratifies nine ILO instruments

    24 August 2021