Global Employment Laws

Wages on the poverty level, lack of free unionization, child labour and further more are part of an extensive list of global violation of employment laws. People and organisations trying to improve working conditions of global value chains are commonly referring to international employment laws and the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The Core Labour Standards defined by the ILO are considered human rights. In the run-up to ILO’s 100th anniversary in 2019 SÜDWIND is analyzing ILO’s Core Labor Standards with respect to their relevance, successes, and deficits. On doing so, emphases are placed on of free unionization, informal labor conditions, seasonal work, as well as living wages. Those topics are currently challenging the global working environment, the engagement of civil societies, and the ILO exceedingly. They should now be used to analyse to which extent the ILO with its Core Labor Standards, its approaches and decision mechanisms is leading towards a solution of the problems.


The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has been a gift for workers worldwide. This year marks 100 years that this United Nations (UN) organisation has offered an international space to negotiate improvements in working conditions and a firmer guarantee of workers’ rights. Its unique tripartite structure, bringing together representatives of workers, employers and governments, has amplified workers’ voices and, thus, contributed to a more level playing field for them. The international legal framework negotiated and ratified at the annual International Labour Conferences (ILCs) is a key normative benchmark for workers’ rights in the ILO’s 187 member states.


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