The International Labor Organization (ILO) is dedicated to the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labor rights, continuing its founding mission that social justice is essential for universal and lasting peace.
The only tripartite body of the United Nations, the ILO brings together governments, employers and workers' representatives from 187 member states to set labor standards, develop policies and design programs that promote decent work for all women and all. men.
Today, the ILO's Decent Work Agenda contributes to advancing the economic and working conditions that give all workers, employers and governments a stake in lasting peace, prosperity and progress.
For millions of workers already in vulnerable situations, the COVID-19 crisis can have devastating consequences: their basic rights at work are threatened, pushing them and their families to greater insecurity.
Safeguarding and extending fundamental principles and rights at work will therefore be essential to the success of immediate and longer-term responses to the crisis in the world of work.
In this time of crisis, safeguarding the four fundamental principles and rights at work - the freedom to organize and bargain collectively, and the freedom from forced labor, child labor and discrimination in employment and occupation - is more important than ever. These rights are not only exposed to an increased risk due to the crisis, but also form the basis for rebuilding a better and fairer world of work after its consequences.
Universal human rights and inalienable in themselves, they are also essential catalysts for decent work and social justice. They are the starting point of a virtuous circle of effective social dialogue, better incomes and conditions for workers and employers, and the formalization of the informal economy.
Virginie Gastine Menou
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