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July 4, 1950


The Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention – one of eight conventions adopted by the International Labour Organization (ILO) that form the core of international labor law – goes into effect.  As of 2013, 152 out of 183 ILO member states have ratified the convention; the United States has yet to ratify this convention.

June 12, 2013


Today is World Day Against Child Labour, an annual observance established in 2002 by the UN’s International Labour Organization (ILO) to raise awareness about and activism around the issue of child labor, defined as “work performed by children who are under the minimum age legally specified for that kind of work, or work which, because of its detrimental nature or conditions, is considered unacceptable for children and is prohibited.”

January 30, 1919


The Paris Peace Conference establishes the Commission on International Labour Legislation to draft the constitution of a permanent international labor organization, founding the International Labour Organization (ILO).  Today, as part of the United Nations, the ILO is charged with drafting and overseeing international labor standards.

December 12, 2012


Today is a global day of action for ratification of International Labour Organization Convention No. 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers, which establishes the first global standards for the estimated 50-100 million domestic workers worldwide, the vast majority of whom are women and girls.  Six countries have signed on to date.

June 12, 2002


The International Labour Organization (ILO) establishes the annual World Day Against Child Labour to raise international awareness about and activism to prevent child labor.

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