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273rd Session
Geneva, November 1998

Committee on Legal Issues and International Labour Standards



Special reports on unratified Conventions
(article 19 of the Constitution)

1. In accordance with the decision taken by the Governing Body at its 265th Session (March 1996) and with the usual practice, at its 271st Session (March 1998) the Governing Body adopted the forms to be used as a basis for the reports on the Equal Remuneration Convention, 1951 (No. 100), and the Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention, 1958 (No. 111). The reports submitted, and their examination, would have led to the preparation by the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations of a "mini-survey" of these instruments at its November 1999 session, and to discussion by the Conference Committee on the Application of Standards at the 88th Session (2000) of the International Labour Conference.

2. However, following the adoption of the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, including the annex on its follow-up, proposals are being made to the current session of the Governing Body for the implementation of this follow-up.(1) Under these proposals, the article 19 component of the follow-up would replace the procedures adopted in 1995, involving the mini-surveys, and could be expected to be operational in time for the first such reports to be examined early in 2000.

3. The Director-General has therefore decided not to circulate the report forms -- as would otherwise have been the case -- pending the Governing Body's decision at its present session with respect to the proposed arrangements which would effectively replace the 1995 procedure.

Geneva, 19 October 1998.

1. GB.273/3.

Updated by VC. Approved by RH. Last update: 26 January 2000.