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The Protection of Wages


Adequate wages and timely payment are essential for securing decent work and social justice and have a very direct and tangible effect on the everyday lives of workers. For migrant workers, in particular low-wage migrant workers, wages frequently form a vital form of income for families and communities in the form of remittances.

Yet, wage protection is a major challenge for many of the world’s workers. The ILO Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations (CEACR) has identified non-payment of wages, delayed payment of as key modern-day wage protection issues that can also lead to debt bondage and forced labour, with migrant workers being especially vulnerable.

This webpage displays links to key ILO standards and publications that concern wage protection, including the new ILO guidance note on the protection of wages for migrant workers, launched on the 27th of April 2023. The issue of non-payment of wages is one the most common forms of complaints by low-wage migrant workers and especially workers in irregular status.

Key documents