However, many issues in the world of work remain, and with new challenges being created by globalization and cross border activities, international labour standards are needed more than ever. Therefore, to mark its Centenary year, the ILO is urging its 187 member States to ratify at least one additional ILO Convention or Protocol in 2019.
Ratifications and the full application of ILO global labour standards will ultimately lift up millions of workers whose livelihoods today, like 100 years ago, are facing substantial challenges.Corinne Vargha, Director of the International Labour Standards Department.
To gauge progress towards this goal the ILO will track all 2019 ratifications in real time on a new dashboard. More than 30 member States have already made a head start, having signed Conventions or Protocols in 2019 or ratified instruments that will enter into force this year.
“For one hundred years, the ILO has been setting and supervising the standards that breathe life into social justice, decent work and fair globalization. Setting such standards today is more relevant than ever,” said Tim De Meyer, Senior Advisor on Standards Policy. “Our ‘One for All’ campaign to step up the number of ratifications this year should ultimately help people who may not yet have fair treatment at work, income security or the right to organize.”
For one hundred years, the ILO has been setting and supervising the standards that breathe life into social justice, decent work and fair globalization.Tim De Meyer, Senior Advisor on Standards Policy.
- Fundamental Conventions, which cover child labour, forced labour, discrimination at work, the right to organize and collective bargaining;
- Governance Conventions, which strengthen social dialogue, labour inspection and policies for full, productive and freely chosen employment;
- Technical Conventions, which cover a range of issues including specific categories of workers, minimum wages, pensions, occupational safety and health.
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