ILO asks countries to ratify labour conventions

24 Feb 2019 Ferado

Nigeria: To mark its centenary, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has called on governments to ratify at least one international labour standard in 2019.

According to Director, International Labour Standards Department, Corinne Vargha, since its founding in 1919, ILO labour standards have improved the working lives of millions of people.

She said from eliminating forced and child labour to ensuring the rights of seafarers and promoting gender equality, the 189 Conventions and 205 recommendations adopted by member states during the last 100 years have formed the bedrock of the ILO and its mandate.

“However, many issues in the world of work remain, and with new challenges being created by globalisation and cross border activities, international labour standards are needed more than ever. Therefore, to mark its Centenary, the ILO is urging its 187-member states to ratify at least one additional ILO Convention or Protocol in 2019.

“We hope that as many member states as possible will step up to the plate and ratify this year. Ratifications and the full application of ILO global labour standards will ultimately lift up millions of workers whose livelihoods today, like 100 years ago, are facing substantial challenges. The implementation of international labour standards ensures that no one will be left behind in the world of work,” she said

To gauge progress towards this goal the ILO will track all 2019 ratifications in real time on a new dashboard. More than 30-member states have already made a head start, having signed Conventions or Protocols in 2019 or ratified instruments that will enter into force this year.

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