International Labour Standards

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    Since 1919, the International Labour Organization has maintained and developed a system of international labour standards aimed at promoting opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work, in conditions of freedom, equity, security and dignity. In today's globalized economy, international labour standards are an essential component in the international framework for ensuring that the growth of the global economy provides benefits to all. Subjects covered by the standards include:

    Freedom of association
    Collective bargaining
    Forced labour
    Child labour
    Equality of opportunity and treatment
    Tripartite consultation
    Labour administration
    Labour inspection
    Employment policy
    International Labour Standards on Employment promotion
    Vocational guidance and training
    Employment security
    Working time
    Occupational safety and health
    Social security
    Maternity protection
    Social policy
    Migrant workers
    Dock workers
    Indigenous and tribal peoples
    Other specific categories of workers

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