ILO fundamental conventions

ILO Declaration on fundamental principles and rights at work and its follow-up (1998):

According to the Declaration adopted in 1998:

«The International Labour Conference […] 2. Declares that all Members, even if they have not ratified the Conventions in question, have an obligation, arising from the very fact of membership in the Organization, to respect, to promote and to realize, in good faith and in accordance with the Constitution, the principles concerning the fundamental rights which are the subject of those Conventions, namely:

(a) freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;

(b) the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour;

(c) the effective abolition of child labour; and

(d) the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.»

The International Labour Conference, «ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and its Follow-up», International Labour Office, Geneva, 1998.

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Conventions covered by the Declaration:

The eight fundamental Conventions related to the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and its follow-up are the following:

  • Forced Labour Convention (C29, 1930)
  • Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention (C87, 1948)
  • Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention (C98, 1949)
  • Equal Remuneration Convention (C100, 1951)
  • Abolition of Forced Labour Convention (C105, 1957)
  • Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention, (C111, 1958)
  • Minimum Age Convention (C138, 1973)
  • Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention (C182, 1999)