Constitution and Amendments
The Constitution of the International Labour Organisation (Constitution and selected texts (Ed. 2012) - (pdf 862 kB)) is an international treaty which established the Organization. The original ILO Constitution was included in the Treaty of Versailles (1919) as Part XIII of the Treaty - (pdf 279kB).
Instrument of Amendment, 1997 of the ILO Constitution
At its 85th Session (June 1997), the International Labour Conference adopted an Amendment to the Constitution of the International Labour Organisation, by which the Conference may, acting on a proposal of the Governing Body through a majority of two-thirds of the votes cast by the delegates present, abrogate any Convention if it appears that the Convention has lost its purpose or that it no longer makes a useful contribution to attaining the objectives of the Organisation.
Ratifications of the 1997 Constitutional Amendment
The Constitution of the International Labour Organisation Instrument of Amendment, 1997, will enter into force when it is ratified or accepted by two-thirds (124/185) of the Members of the Organization including five of the ten Members which are represented on the Governing Body as Members of chief industrial importance. The total number of ratifications and acceptances (pdf 20 KB) is 122 as at 30 November 2012, including six by member States of chief industrial importance (China, France, India, Italy, Japan and United Kingdom). A campaign (pdf 193 KB) to bring this Amendment into force has been launched.
Previous Constitutional Amendments