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  Important ILO Conventions and Recommendations
  International Human Rights Instruments
  Code of practice on managing disability in the workplace
  ILO HIV Code

Ratified Conventions

Labour Portfolio Committee Adopts ILO Convention No. 144 of 1976 and 155 of 1983: 4 June 2002

C144 Tripartite Consultation (International Labour Standards) Convention, 1976

C155 Occupational Safety and Health Convention

The ILO

International Labour Standards 

What are they?
   The form, content and characteristics of international labour standards.

How are they enforced?
   The mechanisms used by the ILO and the international community for enforcing international labour standards.

Why are they needed?
   The reasons why international labour standards are needed, the reasons for the ILO's initial establishment, and the basis for its ongoing programme of work.

Where do they come from?
   How the governments of the world, joined in partnership with employers' and workers' organizations, establish standards for the condition of human beings at work.

How are they used?
   How international labour standards have been used for the past 75 years as the benchmark -- the only universally accepted benchmark -- by which the rights and conditions of human beings at work have been measured.

Application of International Labour Standards (APPLIS)


News items

The ILO looks at definition of employment and atypical categories of workers - The scope of the employment relationship Background information | Report V
Collection of national instruments related to HIV/AIDS and the world of work 
Information and reports on the application of Conventions and Recommendations - Report III (1A)  (5.2 MB) Report of the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations | Report III (1B)    (2 Mb) General Survey of the reports concerning the Protection of Wages Convention (No. 95) and the Protection of Wages Recommendation (No. 85), 1949 |  Report III (Part 2) List of Ratifications by Convention and by Country 
Learning and training for work in the knowledge society | Report IV (1)  | Report IV (2)   
Draft Code of Practice for the Meeting of Experts to develop a Code of practice on Violence and Stress at Work in Services: A Threat to Productivity and Decent Work (PDF file, 411KB)
Workplace Violence Awareness and Prevention Course 
Code of practice on managing disability in the workplace 
ILO SafeWork - Codes of Practice 
ILO Aids Code of Good Practice  
International Human Rights Instruments 
Mental Health: Impact, Issues and Practices  
Labour Legislation Guidelines - The present version of the Guidelines is intended to promote the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work adopted by the ILO Conference at its 86th Session, Geneva, June 1998.
April 2003 - Time for Equality at Work 
ILO launches first global report on discrimination at work - Communication 
Freedom of Association and the Effective Recognition of the Rights to Collective Bargaining [ILO Report] 
"A FAIR GLOBALIZATION - Creating opportunities for all"- The final report of the World Commission 
AIDS and the world of work
The ILO looks at definition of employment and atypical categories of workers - The scope of the employment relationship Background information | Report V 
Information and reports on the application of Conventions and Recommendations - Report III (1A)  (5.2 MB) Report of the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations | Report III (1B)    (2 Mb) General Survey of the reports concerning the Protection of Wages Convention (No. 95) and the Protection of Wages Recommendation (No. 85), 1949 |  Report III (Part 2) List of Ratifications by Convention and by Country 
Learning and training for work in the knowledge society | Report IV (1)  | Report IV (2)  


Fundamental ILO Conventions

Eight ILO Conventions have been identified by the ILO's Governing Body as being fundamental to the rights of human beings at work, irrespective of levels of development of individual member States. These rights are a precondition for all the others in that they provide for the necessary implements to strive freely for the improvement of individual and collective conditions of work

Freedom of association

The abolition of forced labour

Equality

The elimination of child labour

Ratification of the Fundamental ILO Conventions

In May 1995, following the ILO's 75th Anniversary and the discussions in the World Summit on Social Development, a campaign for the ratification of these Conventions was launched by the Director-General of the ILO. Since then the ILO has registered over 70 ratifications and confirmations of previous obligations concerning the fundamental Conventions. In addition, many countries are currently involved in formal ratification procedures or are in the process of examining or re-examining the appropriateness of ratifying the Organization's seven Fundamental Conventions.

The ILO has 175 member States.


Priority International Labour Standards

In 1994, the Governing Body decided upon a tailoring of the ILO's supervision of ratified ILO Conventions. The designation of 4 Conventions as Priority Conventions was among the decisions taken

One of the changes to the regular system of reporting was the decision to require regular reports from governments every 5 years on most ratified Conventions, but once every other year on the Fundamental and Priority Conventions. The Priority Conventions are:

Part of the rationale for this decision was the essential importance for labour institutions and policy formulation of the subjects covered by these Conventions.


International Labour Standards according to the classified guide

The Governing Body has placed the ILO's Conventions and Recommendations into subject categories, in addition to those they have identified as Fundamental and Priority Conventions

Through the links provided below, the visitor will find a synopsis of the major international labour standards on the subjects at hand.

For full texts of all international labour standards, consult ILOLEX.


Fundamental Conventions Ratified by South Africa

Forced Labour

C. 29 

C. 105

Freedom of association

C. 87 

C. 98

Discrimination

C. 100 

C. 111

Child Labour

C. 138 

C.182

List of Ratifications of International Labour Conventions

South Africa
Member from 1919 to 1966 and since 1994 21 Conventions ratified (18 in force)
C. 2 Unemployment Convention, 1919 (No. 2) 20.02.1924
C. 19 Equality of Treatment (Accident Compensation) Convention, 1925 (No. 19) 30.03.1926
C. 26 Minimum Wage-Fixing Machinery Convention, 1928 (No. 26) 28.12.1932
C.27 C27 Marking of Weight (Packages transported by Vessels) Convention, 1929 21 02 1933
C. 29 Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (No. 29) 5.03.1997
C. 42 Workmen's Compensation (Occupational Diseases) Convention (Revised), 1934 (No. 42) 26.02.1952
C. 45 Underground Work (Women) Convention, 1935 (No. 45) 25.06.1936
C. 63 Convention concerning Statistics of Wages and Hours of Work, 1938 (No. 63)
   Excluding Parts II and IV
8.08.1939
C. 80 Final Articles Revision Convention, 1946 (No. 80) 19.06.1947
C. 87 Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention, 1948 (No. 87) 19.02.1996
C. 89 Night Work (Women) Convention (Revised), 1948 (No. 89) 2.03.1950
C. 98 Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention, 1949 (No. 98) 19.02.1996
C. 100 Equal Remuneration Convention, 1951 (No. 100) 30.03.2000
C. 105 Abolition of Forced Labour Convention, 1957 (No. 105) 5.03.1997
C. 111 Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention, 1958 (No. 111) 5.03.1997
C. 116 Final Articles Revision Convention, 1961 (No. 116) 9.08.1963
C. 138 Minimum Age Convention, 1973 (No. 138)
   Minimum age specified: 15 years
30.03.2000
C144 C144 Tripartite Consultation (International Labour Standards) Convention, 1976 4.06.2004
C155 C155 Occupational Safety and Health Convention 4.06.2004
C. 176 Safety and Health in Mines Convention, 1995 (No. 176) 9.06.2000
C. 182 Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (No. 182) 7.06.2000
C184 C184 Safety and Health in Agriculture Convention, 2001

21.02.2003

Conditional ratification
C. 27 Marking of Weight (Packages Transported by Vessels) Convention, 1929 (No. 27) 21.02.1933
Denunciation
C. 4 Night Work (Women) Convention, 1919 (No. 4) Denounced on 20.10.1935 1.11.1921
Denunciation (as a result of the ratification of Convention No. 89)
C. 41 Night Work (Women) Convention (Revised), 1934 (No. 41) Denounced on 2.03.1950 28.05.1935