International labour Law

  • Human rights standards

    Human rights standards

    September 6, 2013

    Poster of the International Labour  Organisation (ILO) communicating human right standards in relation to labour. Image: Yellow and orange coloured poster containing several photographs to illutrate the subject.

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  • Labour | Research Guide International Law


    The term labour in its most general use, refers to productive human work. Through much of history, it was not treated as a commodity that was “paid for.” As time passed and societies grew larger and more complex, labour became more specialized. Each person became an expert at doing just a few things or even just one thing. This specialization meant that workers became more productive. The purpose of (international) labour law is to regulate the relation of employers and employees, to make provision for settlement of industrial disputes and to provide for certain other purposes.

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