Internationally Recognised Core Labour Standards in the United States of America

Source: International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Report for the WTO General Council Review of the Trade Policies of the United States of America, 29 September 2010

The United States has ratified only two of the eight core ILO labour Conventions. In view of restrictions on the trade union rights of workers and child labour problems, determined measures are needed to comply with the commitments the US accepted at Singapore and Doha in the WTO Ministerial Declarations over 1996-2001, and in the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and its 2008 Social Justice Declaration.

The US has not ratified the ILO core Convention on the Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining, nor the Convention on Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise. The US has not ratified the core ILO Convention on Equal Remuneration nor the Convention on Discrimination. The US has ratified the ILO core Convention on the Worst Forms of Child Labour, but not the Convention on Minimum Age. The US has ratified the Convention on the Abolition of Forced Labour but not the Convention on Forced Labour.

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