International labor standards are legal instruments drawn up by the ILO's constituents -- governments, employers and workers – which set out basic principles and rights at work. They are either conventions (legally binding international treaties that may be ratified by Member States) or recommendations (non-binding guidelines).
The ILO adopts standards in a unique legislative process that integrally involves its government, employer, and worker constituents from around the world. Countries then consider conventions for ratification, a formal procedure whereby a state accepts a convention as a legally binding instrument.
The Governing Body investigates complaints alleging that countries have failed to comply with conventions they ratified. It sometimes forms commissions of inquiry to examine complaints, and refers others to the Committee on Freedom of Association.
A committee of the Governing Body, the Committee on Freedom of Association investigates complaints alleging that countries have violated freedom of association standards or principles
The 1998 Declaration commits all Member States to respect and promote principles and rights regarding: (1) freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining, (2) the elimination of forced or compulsory labor, (3) the abolition of child labor and (4) the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. It also provides mechanisms for following up on this commitment.
This video is a compilation of the voices that were collected from speakers who were in attendance at the side event entitled 'Making Decent Work a Reality for Migrant Domestic Workers' at the UN High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development (HLD). It specifically highlights the key messages of the discussion that took place and the recent launch of the Global Action Programme on Migrant Workers and their Families.
The ILO and Columbus School of Law hosted a one-day conference to address both the questions and criticisms surrounding the interpretation and application of international labor law to domestic disputes.
International labor standards04 March 2014
We need to step up the speed of change to better protect domestic workers throughout the world, says ILO economist Malte Luebker six months after the entry into force of ILO Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers.