Application of the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at
Work and its Follow-up
adoption of the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at
Work in 1998 was a momentous step in the history of the ILO.
The Declaration calls upon member States to respect, promote and
realize a set of fundamental principles and rights at work: freedom of
association and the right to collective bargaining, the abolition of
forced labour, the elimination of child labour, and the elimination of
discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
principles have been expressed and developed in the form of specific
rights and obligations in eight ILO Conventions.
While Conventions are only binding on member States that have
ratified one or more of these Conventions, the Declaration recalls the
obligations of all ILO member States to respect these principles.
aim of the Declaration is to reconcile the desire to ensure that social
progress goes hand in hand with the economic growth fuelled by an
integrating global economy, and the need to respect the diversity of
circumstances, possibilities and preferences of individual countries.
Through the regional seminars, the member States have the
opportunity to recommit themselves to the promotion and protection of core
labour standards in each of their countries.
assist member States in attaining the four principles of the Declaration-
freedom of association and collective bargaining, the elimination of
forced labour, child labour and discrimination in respect of employment
and occupation, through the three components of the ILO/Japan Declaration