Subjects covered by International Labour Standards

International labour standards respond to ever increasing needs and challenges faced by workers and employers in the global economy. This section presents the subjects covered by international labour standards and introduces certain Conventions and Recommendations. It also explains the problems that exist in a particular field today and how international labour standards can help to provide solutions. Finally, some examples are highlighted where the application of international labour standards or of the principles they embody has made a positive contribution in a particular situation.

This section summarizes a selection of relevant ILO Conventions and Recommendations. The summaries are intended for information purposes and do not replace consultation of the authoritative text. Numerous other Conventions and Recommendations have not been summarized, even though many are relevant and in force. The complete list of ILO standards by subject and status may be consulted on the ILO website and on NORMLEX database. The examples have been selected for illustrative purposes and are not intended to single out a specific country or situation.