International Labour Organization Term Paper by Nicky

Discusses the aims of the International Labour Organization.
# 145910 | 2,828 words | 17 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 07, 2010 in International Relations (General) , Labor Studies (General)

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This paper examines the role and mission of the International Labour Organization (ILO) which operates under the auspices of the UN. According to the paper, the ILO aims are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue in handling work-related issues. The paper also gives a background and history of the agency. Additionally, the paper addresses the controversy over the ILO's role in setting standards and how effective their system is in the current day. It also points out the problems of the ILO's tripartite representation. The paper concludes by describing the ILO's vision of employers' responsibility to their workers.

Strengths of ILO as a Global Standard-setting Body
Policy-making and Implementation
Social Justice and the "2008 Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization"
Basic Labour Standard-setting Function
Weaknesses of ILO as a Global Standard-setting Body
Focus of the ILO
Vague Strategy
Tripartism "Warping"
Role of the ILO
Coalition Building
Inability to Enforce Conventions
Problems with Tripartite Representation
Failed States & Dictatorships

From the Paper:

"These ILO standards take the form of international labour Conventions and Recommendations. ILO Conventions are international treaties, subject to ratification by ILO member States. Recommendations are non-binding instruments - often dealing with the same subjects as Conventions - which set out guidelines orienting national policy and action. Both forms are intended to have a concrete impact on working conditions and practices around of the world. Whether or not a country has ratified a particular Convention, the standards provide guidance for the operation of national labour institutions and mechanisms, and good labour and employment practices."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Alston, Philip 2. "'Core Labour Standards' and the Transformation of the International Labour Rights Regime." 2004. Oxford Journals. 29 January 2009 <>.
  • Alston, Philip. Facing up to the Complexities of the ILO's Core Labour Standards Agenda. Working Paper. New York: New York University School of Law, 2005.
  • Driessen, Malva. "Strength-Weakness Analyses on the ILO as a Model for NGO Participation." n.d. Utrecht University. 26 January 2009 <>.
  • ILO Bureau for Worker's Activities. International Labour Standards and Human Rights. n.d. 28 January 2009 <>.
  • ILO Dept. of Communication and Public Information. "Press Releases." 12 June 2008.

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