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  1. Collective bargaining

    Negotiating for social justice: Collective bargaining in times of crisis

    19 November 2009

    This year marks the 60th anniversary of ILO Convention No. 98 on the Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining. While much has changed since the Convention was adopted in 1949, collective bargaining remains a fundamental right, an important tool to improve incomes and working conditions, and advance social justice. ILO Online spoke with Susan Hayter, senior ILO industrial relations expert, about recent trends and innovations in collective bargaining worldwide, including responses to the economic crisis, discussed at an ILO meeting in Geneva this month.

  2. Event

    Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Convention No. 98: The Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining in the 21st Century

    The Bureau for Workers’ Activities of the International Labour Office is organizing an International Workers’ Symposium on the Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining, which will take place from 12 to 15 October 2009 in Geneva.

  3. Publication

    From the right to “combine” to the right to organize

    01 August 2009

    From about 1750 onwards, workers had started to organize in Europe. Governments and employers reacted quickly, and laws and regulations were adopted to restrict such activities.

  4. Meeting document

    Report I(B) - Report of the Director-General: The cost of coercion

    12 May 2009

  5. Commission of Inquiry on Zimbabwe

    Commission of Inquiry on Zimbabwe begins its work, mindful of the process of dialogue and reconciliation underway in the country

    24 February 2009

    The Commission of Inquiry, set up by the Governing Body of the International Labour Office at its 303rd Session (November 2008) to examine complaints concerning the observance by Zimbabwe of the Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention, 1948 (No. 87) and the Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention, 1949 (No. 98), held its first session in Geneva from 18-20 February 2009.

  6. Video

    ILO forecasts further decline in wage growth and cuts in real wages for 2009

    25 November 2008

    The global economic crisis is expected to lead to painful cuts in the wages of millions of workers worldwide in the coming year, according to a new report published today by the International Labour Office (ILO). ILO TV interviews Manuela Tomei, Chief of the ILO Conditions of Work and Employment Programme, to discuss the report's findings.

  7. Publication

    Cross-border social dialogue and agreements: An emerging global industrial relations framework?

    12 May 2008

    The book examines various facets of international framework agreements (IFAs), as one of numerous private initiatives that have emerged in the absence of a state-driven multilateral framework, in view of organising a common labour relations framework at cross-border level. It also addresses relevant issues such as the possibility of cross-border solidarity action as a complement to cross-border dialogue. The title is longer available in print format but is available full text on-line using the link below.

  8. Meeting document

    Report I(B): Global Report under the follow-up to the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work

    12 March 2008

    Freedom of association in practice: Lessons learned

  9. Publication

    Coffee in Kenya: Some challenges for decent work

    01 January 2008

    Working Paper 260

  10. Publication

    Working paper No. 1 "Freedom of association and collective bargaining in export processing zones: Role of the ILO supervisory mechanisms"

    01 January 2007

    Discusses the principles of the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations and the Committee on Freedom of Association concerning the freedom of association and collective bargaining rights of workers in export processing zones (EPZs), the recommendations made by them and the measures taken by the governments of EPZ-operating countries pursuant to such recommendations