Publications on freedom of association
Access to labour justice in collective labour disputes: Evidence from the updated IRLex database
22 February 2023
Collective labour disputes are an inevitable feature of the world of work and efficient, fair and accessible systems for the resolution of such disputes are an essential element of a well-functioning industrial relations system. The notion of access to labour justice encompasses judicial and non-judicial mechanisms and institutions dealing with the prevention and resolution of individual and collective labour disputes. This IRLex factsheets provides a comparative overview of legislation regulating mechanisms for the resolution of collective labour disputes of judicial, quasi-judicial and extrajudicial nature. Furthermore, it provides an overview of bipartite processes as well as of processes of third-party intervention and of the role that labour inspectorates and enforcement agencies play in securing effective access to justice.
Protection against acts of interference for employers' and workers' organizations: Evidence from the updated IRLex database
20 February 2023
Acts of interference can take many forms and may impact differently on workers’ and employers’ organizations and on their free and independent creation and functioning. International Labour Standards protect employers’ and workers’ organizations against interference both by each other and by the public authorities. This IRLex factsheet provides an overview of how protection against acts of interference is regulated by relevant ILO Conventions and applied in practice through the ILO supervisory system as well as a comparative analysis of how different legal systems provide protection against such acts and ensure its effective enforcement in practice.
ILO Working paper 86
Negotiations by workers in the informal economy
04 January 2023
This paper provides empirical evidence from Africa, Asia and the Americas on negotiations and collective bargaining by workers in the informal economy.
Protection against acts of anti-union discrimination: Evidence from the updated IRLex database
25 November 2022
Anti-union discrimination is one of the most serious violations of freedom of association, as it may jeopardize the very existence of trade unions. This IRLex factsheet provides a summary of the International Labour Standards protecting workers against acts of anti-union discrimination as well as a comparative overview of how different legal system around the world seek to regulate it and ensure its effective protection.
70 Years of the ILO Committee on Freedom of Association: A Reliable Compass in Any Weather
03 November 2022
Conducting and contributing to Evaluations of National Action Plans on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work: A step-by-step guide
20 October 2022
These guidelines attempt to highlight the key stages in which we can appropriate integrate all Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work along the evaluation process of National Action Plans (NAPs) on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (FPRW).
Joint Conclusion: South-East Asia Trade Union Conference
11 October 2022
Workers organizations and trade unions from 10 South-East Asian countries adopted a joint resolution at a trade union sub-regional conference held in the Philippines on 10-11 October 2022.
ILO Working paper 80
Realizing the opportunities of the platform economy through freedom of association and collective bargaining
30 September 2022
This study provides empirical evidence from different regions of the world to identify avenues for platform economy workers to access freedom of association and collective bargaining.
Building a high quality public service in Sri Lanka through workplace reform
28 September 2022
The public service is a major employer in Sri Lanka, engaging some 1.4 million people. This Report recommends fundamental changes to the status quo: a new approach to workplace relations; a new human resource capability; new structures, processes and practices; and a new ethos.
ILO Working Paper 74
Collective bargaining in seven European countries throughout the pandemic
23 August 2022
This Working Paper investigates developments in social dialogue and collective bargaining during the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic in a selection of European countries.