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20 -June- 2022

ILO adds Safety and Health to Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work

GENEVA: Delegates attending the International Labour Conference  (ILC) have adopted a resolution to add the principle of safety and health working environment to the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

Until now there have been four categories of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work:

  • freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
  • the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour;
  • the effective abolition of child labour;
  • the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

The decision by the Conference means that Occupational Safety and Health will become the fifth category.

The Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work were adopted in 1998 as part of the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. Under the Declaration, ILO Member States, regardless of their level of economic development, commit to respect and promote these principles and rights, whether or not they have ratified the relevant Conventions.

The landmark decision means that all ILO Member States commit to respect and promote the fundamental right to safety and health working environment, whether or not they have ratified the relevant Conventions.

The Conference also approved eight amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006) , which focuses on the rights and working conditions of seafarers. These amendments had been negotiated and adopted in May 2022 by seafarers’, shipowners’ and governments’ representatives during the fourth meeting (Part II) of the Special Tripartite Committee of the MLC, 2006. The new provisions, expected to enter into force in December 2024, will contribute to enhancing the living and working conditions of seafarers around the world, based on some of the lessons learned during the pandemic.

News Courtesy: ILO

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