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International Labour Conference


  • International Labour Conference of the International Labour Organization is being held in Geneva.
  • India’s Labour and Employment Minister will address the conference and will raise the social security concerns of the Indian workers abroad.

About the conference:

  • The International labour Conference sets the International labour standards and the broad policies of the ILO.
  • It meets annually in Geneva. Often called an international parliament of labour, the Conference is also a forum for discussion of key social and labour questions.

What is the agenda of the conference?

  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Apprenticeships
  • Social and Solidarity Economy

About ILO:

  • The International Labour Organization is a United Nations agency whose mandate is to advance social and economic justice through setting international labour standards.
  • Founded in October 1919 under the League of Nations, it is the first and oldest specialised agency of the UN.
Structure of ILO:
  1. International Labour Conference – This conference which is held annually in Geneva sets the international labour standards and broad policies of ILO.
  2. Governing Body – This is the executive arm of ILO which meets thrice a year in Geneva
  3. International Labour Office – This is the permanent secretariat of the International Labour Organisation.
India’s Role:
  • India has been one of the founding member of the International Labour Organisation and India has been a permanent member of the ILO Governing Body since 1922.
  • India has ratified over six conventions of the International Labour Organisation-
  1. Forced Labour Convention
  2. Abolition of Forced Labour Convention
  3. Equal Remuneration Convention
  4. Discrimination (Employment Occupation)
  5. Minimum Age Convention
  6. Worst forms of Child Labour Convention
  • Whereas India has not ratified two other conventions which includes Freedom of Association Convention and Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention.

         Source The Hindu

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