18 Mar
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Labour inspections to be strengthened following ILO Governing Body decision

The Governing Body of the International Labour Organization has approved a set of guidelines on general principles of labour inspection. New guidelines on labour inspections will complement existing International Labour Organization Conventions and advance respect for labour rights in the world of work.

The guidelines relate to the organization, structure, competences and operation of labour inspectorates and are an important milestone for the improvement of labour inspections. This in turn will have a positive impact on the application of International Labour Standards.

They complement and aim to assist ILO Member States implement the provisions of the Labour Inspection Convention, 1947 (No. 81) , and the Labour Inspection (Agriculture) Convention, 1969 (No. 129) , with the end goal of progressively advancing respect for labour rights in the context of the contemporary world of work.

The decision to approve the guidelines follows discussions at a tripartite meeting of experts held from 13 to 16 December 2021.

It is the first international non-binding instrument of this nature, validated by governments, employers and workers.

344th session of ILO

The 344th session of International Labour Organization’s Governing Body  opens on Monday 14 March 2022. It will continue to address key issues in the world of work, including the human-centred recovery in response to the COVID-19 crisis. It will also elect the new Director-General of the Organization.

Among the items with far-reaching policy implications to be discussed are issues relating to the inclusion of safe and healthy working conditions in the ILO’s framework of fundamental rights, the follow up action to the 2021 Conference resolution on inequality in the world of work and the strengthening of multilateral cooperation, stemming from the high-level Global Forum for a human-centred recovery in February 2022.

By: Estela Martín

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