Office background report

This document has been prepared for the purposes of the special meeting of the Governing Body convened under article 7(8) of the ILO Constitution following the request of the Workers’ group and of 36 governments to refer urgently the dispute over the interpretation of the Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention, 1948 (No. 87), in relation to the right to strike to the International Court of Justice for decision in accordance with article 37(1) of the Constitution.

Meeting document | 18 September 2023
A background report is appended that provides factual information on the origins and scope of the long-standing dispute in order to facilitate the discussion and decision-making of the Governing Body. The Governing Body is invited to take note of the background report and provide guidance on action to be taken in relation to the referral requests (see the draft decision in paragraph 27).