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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. 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

What's new

  1. Commission of Inquiry

    ILO Commission of Inquiry issues report on complaint against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

    03 October 2019

    The Commission of Inquiry set up by the ILO Governing Body to examine a complaint against the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has adopted its report.

  2. Maritime Labour Convention

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

    27 September 2019

    Senegal is the 94th member State to have ratified this Convention.

  3. Forced Labour

    Uzbekistan ratifies the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention

    17 September 2019

    Uzbekistan becomes the 40th ILO member State having ratified the Protocol

  4. © ILO 2019

    International Labour Standards

    Countries heed call to ratify labour conventions

    13 September 2019

    An International Labour Organization campaign to encourage countries to ratify international labour standards is bearing fruit.

  5. Forced Labour

    Austria renews commitment to combat forced labour

    12 September 2019

    Austria has ratified the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention becoming the 39th ILO member State to do so