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ILO urges governments to ratify labor conventions

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Staff Writer | February 19, 2019
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The International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Monday that in its centenary year, 2019, it is urging its 187 member states to ratify at least one additional ILO convention or protocol.

"Since its founding in 1919, ILO international labor standards have improved the working lives of millions of people," said the ILO in a statement.

From eliminating forced and child labor to ensuring the rights of seafarers and promoting gender equality, the ILO said its 189 conventions and 205 recommendations adopted by the organization's member states over the last 100 years had formed the bedrock of the ILO and its mandate.

It noted, however, that "many issues in the world of work remain, and with new challenges being created by globalization and cross border activities, international labor standards are needed more than ever."

It said that "ratifications and the full application of ILO global labor standards will ultimately lift up millions of workers whose livelihoods today, like 100 years ago, are facing substantial challenges."

"The implementation of international labor standards ensures that no one will be left behind in the world of work," said Corinne Vargha, director of the International Labor Standards Department.

To gauge progress towards this goal, the ILO will track all 2019 ratifications in real time on a new dashboard.


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