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The International Labour Organization is a UN specialized agency dealing with labour issues. Its main aims are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues. In 1969, the Organization received the Nobel Peace Prize.
Explore this InfoStory to learn about how the creation of the ILO laid the foundations of social justice.
Why was the International Labour Organization created?
Several changes at the beginning of the nineteenth century triggered the process of creating the ILO, such as growing industrialization, war and revolutions.
At the turn of the twentieth century, the world of work was changing dramatically. The flow of workers from agriculture to industry was accelerating at an unprecedented rate.Working conditions were often poor, and inequity and exploitation were on the rise. Workplace inspection and employer accountability mechanisms were weak and industrial tragedies were common.