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International labour organization in the International Trade Union Rights Area

Definition of International labour organization provided by ITUC-CSI-IGB: A tripartite United Nations (UN) agency established in 1919 to promote working and living conditions. The main international body charged with developing and overseeing international labour standards.

See tripartism, ITUC Guide to international trade union rights

International Labour Organization (ILO)

The International Labour Organization, abbreviated as ILO, is the only tripartite United Nations (UN) agency that brings together governments, employers and workers of its member states in common action to promote decent work worldwide. Its stated mission is to advance opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive employment in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity

The ILO was founded in 1919, in the wake of World War I, to pursue a vision based on the premise that universal, lasting peace can only occur if based on the decent treatment of working women and men. In 1946 it became the UN’s first specialised agency, with as main objectives to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue concerning work-related issues

The ILO is the global body responsible for drafting and overseeing international labour standards. Working with its Member States, the ILO seeks to ensure that labour standards are respected in practice, as well as in principle.

International Labour Organization

Embracing mainstream international law, this section on international labour organization explores the context, history and effect of the area of the law covered here.


Further Reading

  • The entry “international labour organization” in the Parry and Grant Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law (currently, the Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law, 2009), Oxford University Press


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