The International Labour Organization (ILO) is the United Nations (UN) agency responsible for drawing up and overseeing international labor standards. Working with its member states, the ILO is devoted to advancing employment opportunities for all workers. Its main aims are to promote rights at work, encourage job-related security and enhance better living standards to the people of both poor and rich countries. The ILO is the world’s only tripartite multilateral agency in that it brings together representatives of governments, employers and workers to jointly shape policies and programs.
The ILO formulates international labor standards in the form of Conventions and Recommendations setting minimum standards of basic labor rights: freedom of association, the right to organize, collective bargaining, abolition of forced labor, equality of opportunity and treatment and other standards addressing conditions across the entire spectrum of work-related issues.
The Republic of the Marshall Islands has ratified the following ILO Conventions:
- ILO Constitution, deposited and entered into force May 24, 2007
- ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006
- ILO Convention No. 185 on Seafarer Identity Documentation, 2003