Magazine article New Internationalist

Know Your Rights

Magazine article New Internationalist

Know Your Rights

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'Conditions of labour exist involving... injustice, hardship and privation to large numbers of people... The failure of any nation to adopt humane conditions of labour is an obstacle in the way of other nations which desire to improve the conditions in their own countries... Universal and lasting peace can be established only if it is based upon social justice.'

From the Preamble to the Constitution of the ILO, Versailles, 1919.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) Was created after the First World War, at the Peace Conference of Versailles in 1919. A 'tripartite' organization - the only one of its kind - it brings together governments, employers and workers. Almost all the governments of the world are members of the ILO and therefore legally bound by its Conventions. But it has always lacked the power of enforcement. Recently it proposed sanctions against Burma because of the systematic use of forced labour in that country. …

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