Contradictions of ILO conventions
Hartford Web Publishing is not the author of the
documents in World History Archives and
does not presume to validate their accuracy or authenticity nor to
release their copyright.
World history of labor rights and labor standards
- ILO Proposes New Measures To Promote Labor
- AFP, 22 April 1997. The ILO proposes a set of concrete
rules in support of social progress and trade liberalization.
It offers an alternative to other projects to improve working
conditions, which have divided workers, because independent
of any particular interests. The proposal also suggests the
ILO create a new Declaration and monitor compliance with it.
- ILO Fight On New Worldwide Labor Standards
- By Richard Saunders, Mail and Guardian, 7 June 1997.
The ILO meeting in Geneva. Opponents of linking
a social clause with WTO agreements now propose alternative
initiatives under ILO leadership. In the absense of labor
solidarity, cheap labor hurts workers in more developed countries,
while their notion of labor rights would impoverish workers in
less developed circumtances.
- "Trade Union Rights are Human Rights"
- ICFTU Online..., 10 December 1997. The ILO's
Convention 87 grants workers the right to organise and provides
international recognition of trade union rights. Yet almost
one third of the world's countries have refused to ratify it,
including the USA. ICFT's Bill Jordan notes that the non-ratifiers
tend to the countries that most violate trade union rights.
- Fundamental Rights Declaration Clears Final
Hurdle: ILO Conference Seeks End to Child Labour Abuses
- ILO press release, 18 June 1998. Delegates adopt the ILO's
Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.
Its impetus was a concern over globalization and the social
consequences of trade. The ILO considered the competent
body to deal with and set labor standards.
- ILO Offers Social Support to World Economy
- By Gustavo Capdevila, IPS, 26 March 1999. New director general
says ILO offers social support for world capitalism. As for
the social clause, he will pursue a compromise position. The
ILO's Declaration on Fundamental "Principles and Rights
at Work" (1998) rejected the linkeage with the WTO desired
by the developed capitalist countries.