Day 8 of the International Labour Conference saw the first of a slew of ratifications of International Labour Standards by member states. These international treaties adopted by delegates at past sessions of the ILC form the basis of labour legislation worldwide. Standing out among them was India’s historic ratification of both ILO Fundamental Conventions on Child Labour.
“A truly historic day as India, home to 20% of the world’s children, ratifies both fundamental ILO conventions on child labour.”
Remarked Guy Ryder the Director General of ILO.
Earlier in the day, Jamaica became the 14th country to ratify the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention, 1930 and the 84th country to ratify the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006.
Thailand, member State of the ILO since 1919, ratified one of the eight fundamental ILO Conventions, namely the Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) 1958, (No.111) which is among the most widely ratified ILO Conventions, with 175 ratifications as of today, out of 187 Member States.
The Committees were also in session on Tuesday, their second to last sitting of the Conference, Workers group where COTU-K is well represented stressed the need for vulnerable categories of workers to be protected globally.