ILO Conventions and Recommendations are one of the reasons that regular working hours and paid holidays exist, why so many of us enjoy labour protections throughout our lives and why national laws are in place to tackle forced and child labour. The ILO works constantly to increase the coverage of labour protections and ensure the legal framework is relevant to the current realities of the world of work.
The ILO’s International Labour Standards are agreed by member governments and employers’ and workers’ organizations. They are backed by a unique supervisory system, which helps to ensure that countries implement the conventions they ratify. The ILO regularly examines the application of standards in member States and points out areas where they could be better applied.