ILO Governing Body decision leads to the strengthening of Labour inspections

G Megavand. Credit: ILO

New York/CMEDIA: A set of guidelines on general principles of labour inspection have been approved by the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

The guidelines relate to the organization, structure, competencies and operation of labour inspectorates and are an important milestone for the improvement of labour inspections. This in turn will have a positive impact on the application of International Labour Standards.

They complement and aim to assist the ILO Member States implementing the provisions of the Labour Inspection Convention, 1947 (No. 81), and the Labour Inspection (Agriculture) Convention, 1969 (No. 129), with the end goal of progressively advancing respect for labour rights in the context of the contemporary world of work.

The decision to approve the guidelines follows discussions at a tripartite meeting of experts held from 13 to 16 December 2021.

It is the first international non-binding instrument of this nature, validated by governments, employers and workers.

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