S. Amir Kohan

What is the Purpose of the International Labour Organization (ILO)?

The International Labour Organization (ILO) was founded in 1919 to address working conditions. A part of the United Nations, the ILO is comprised of 187 member states. Its mission is to promote decent working conditions that include eliminating child labor, ending unlawful discrimination, protecting human rights, and supporting worker rights to organize.

They extensively research compensation practices and advocate for a living wage for all. A living wage is pay that can cover a decent standard of living for the worker’s household.

ILO championed the standard 8-hour workday, recognizing that overworked employees can experience negative health and safety outcomes.

Although not every country adopt ILO standard and practice, research from ILO sets the tone for the discussion and aims to keep advancing working conditions for the world’s employees.


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