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International Developments in Labour and Human Resources Policy, and Labour and Globalization (IRE 1600 and IRE 1615)

This subject guide is meant to assist students, particularly those enrolled in IRE1600 and IRE1615 with research papers and assignments.

ILO - The International Labour Organization

ILO - International Labour Organization


The main aim of the ILO is to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues.

The ILO researches and publishes extensively on labour issues in an international context.



Each page brings you to news, reports and resources on key topics.

    Child LabourDecent WorkEquality and DiscriminationGender Equality

    Labour MigrationILO - Safety and Health at WorkILO - Youth EmploymentILO - Working Conditions

More topics are listed here.

ILO Departments

   ILO - IPEC - International Programme on the Elimination of Child LabourILO - International Institute for Labour Studies

Other ILO departments and field programmes are listed here.

Guide to International Labour Standards

This guide (PDF) provides summaries of the contents of ILO Conventions and Recommendations by subject matter. Includes: Freedom of association, collective bargaining and industrial relations; Forced labour; Elimination of child labour and the protection of children and young persons; Equality of opportunity and treatment; Tripartite consultation; Labour administration and inspection; Employment policy and promotion; Vocational guidance and training; Employment security; Wages; Working time; Occupational safety and health; Social security; Maternity protection; Social policy; Migrant workers; HIV and AIDS; Seafarers; Fishers; Docworkers; Indigenous and tribal peoples; Specific categories of workers.

For full details of the ILO Conventions

Global Trade Agreements

NORMLEX is a new information system which brings together information on international labour standards (such as ratification information, reporting requirements, comments of the ILO's supervisory bodies, etc.) as well as national labour and social security laws.


   ILO - Publications


The ILO has many resources for statistics and databases - the ILO Resource Guides can help with finding your way around the site. Look for resources on gender equalitychild labour and migration.