Thursday, 8 November 2012

Information on labour rights and employment laws on ILO website

Guy Ryder
ILO The International Labour Organization is the UN specialized agency which seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights.
 It was founded in 1919 and is the only surviving major creation of the Treaty of Versailles which brought the League of Nations into being and it became the first specialized agency of the UN in 1946. The ILO formulates international labour standards in the form of Conventions and Recommendations setting minimum standards of basic labour rights: freedom of association, the right to organize, collective bargaining, abolition of forced labour, equality of opportunity and treatment, and other standards regulating conditions across the entire spectrum of work related issues. It provides technical assistance primarily in the fields of vocational training and vocational rehabilitation; employment policy; labour administration; labour law and industrial relations; working conditions; management development; cooperatives; social security; labour statistics and occupational safety and health. It promotes the development of independent employers' and workers' organizations and provides training and advisory services to those organizations. Within the UN system, the ILO has a unique tripartite structure with workers and employers participating as equal partners with governments in the work of its governing organs. The Organization is currently directed by the new Director-General Guy Ryder who took office in October 2012.

The website of the organization includes three interesting databases to compare information on the member states on labour standards and employment legislation:

Natlex is the database, maintained by the arranged by ILO's International Labour Standards Department, including information on national labour, social security and related human rights legislation.

 EPLex provides information on all the key topics that are regularly examined in national and comparative studies on employment termination legislation. The information is broken down to cover more than 50 variables, and will be updated annually to facilitate analysis of impacts and trends over time. EPLex replaces the ILO's existing Digest on Termination of Employment Legislation.

 NORMLEX is the new information system which brings together information on International Labour Standards as well as national labour and social security laws.