International Labour Organisation


The International Labour Organization (ILO) was founded in 1919 and has currently 185-member states.  Generally, it embodies a vision of universal, humane conditions of labour to attain social justice and peace among nations. Its most important task is the development, promotion, and monitoring of international labour standards. To date, the organisation has created 189 globally applicable, legally binding »Conventions« and 202 legally non – binding »Recommendations« for the regulation of labour. These conventions and recommendations also represent the key subject areas of the ILO: the fundamental rights at work, the freedom of association and the right to organise; the right to collective bargaining; the abolition of forced labour; a minimum age for employment and the effective abolition of child labour; the prohibition of workplace discrimination; as well as the mandate for equal pay for women and men for work of equal value. Due to its tripartite structure the ILO does not only represent governments but also employers and workers to be able to create a dialogue space for all these actors.

Sierra Leone has been a member state of the ILO since X and has so far ratified 35 of its conventions which include:

– Fundamental Conventions: 8 of 8

– Governance Conventions (Priority): 2 of 4

– Technical Conventions: 25 of 177

Out of 35 Conventions ratified by Sierra Leone, so far 30 of the 35 ratified conventions are in force, 4 Conventions have been denounced; 1 instrument abrogated.

In the cooperation with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, the ILO offers technical assistance, consulting and cooperation services.  The ILO Sierra Leone has previously supported the Ministry in achieving universal coverage and access to health services for the most vulnerable population, …

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