International labour standards and fundamental principles and rights at work
International Labour Standards provide a tried-and-trusted foundation for COVID-19 policy responses and contain key provisions to address the evolving pandemic
and its impact on the world of work. States have the duty to ensure that the fundamental principles and rights at work and ratified international labour Conventions protect and are applied to all workers, particularly also during the pandemic. Governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations have adopted a number of ILO sectoral Conventions and Recommendations that are relevant to addressing the impact of COVID-19 in specific social and economic sectors.
- Nursing Personnel Convention (No. 149), 1977
- Nursing Personnel Recommendation (No. 157), 1977
- Labour Relations (Public Service) Convention, 1978 (No. 151)
- Labour Relations (Public Service) Recommendation, 1978 (No. 159)
- ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers (1966) and the UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel (1997)
- Safety and Health in Agriculture Convention, 2001 (No. 184)
- Safety and Health in Agriculture Recommendation, 2001 (No. 192)
- Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No. 188)
- Work in Fishing Recommendation, 2007 (No. 199)
- Safety and Health in Mines Convention, 1995 (No. 176)
- Safety and Health in Mines Recommendation, 1995 (No. 183)
- Safety and Health in Construction Convention, 1988 (No. 167)
- Safety and Health in Construction Recommendation, 1988 (No. 175)
- Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, as amended
- Seafarers' Identity Documents Convention (Revised), 2003, as amended (No. 185)
- Working Conditions (Hotels and Restaurants) Convention, 1991 (No. 172)
- Working Conditions (Hotels and Restaurants) Recommendation, 1991 (No. 179)
Governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations have also adopted a number of ILO tools that are relevant to addressing the impact of COVID-19 in specific social and economic sectors.
Health services & public emergency services
These include ways to protect workers in health services and public emergency services – the workers that are the first to respond to the health crisis.
Agriculture, forestry & mining
The constituents have also developed tools to protect workers in primary sectors of the economy – agriculture, forestry and mining – and in shipping and transport. These have in many countries been designated as “critical” and continue to operate during the pandemic.
Shipping, ports & road transport
ILO tools for other sectors - construction, shipbuilding & ship repair, utilities, education and tourism
Many other sectors are affected by the COVID-19 crisis as well. The tools the ILO has developed for construction, shipbuilding and ship repair, utilities and education can help save lives as well.