In her contribution to 110th session of the virtual ILO Conference (May 27 to June 19, 2022), Hildegard Hagemann today underlined the important role of the International Labor Organization in the protection of workers who are exploited.

The Organization must give them a voice, she said. The civil society can exert pressure on the government, but it is restricted in many places. All the more important are laws and the establishment of an international labor tribunal.

“Leaving no one behind also means bringing justice to the weak and the most vulnerable. This requires a strong ILO at the negotiating table. An ILO with binding-reinforced instruments that can also impose sanctions on governments and social partners who violate labor rights. Special attention is also required to support women, sexual minorities and foreign workers by the ILO through direct cooperation and intervention, in particular in dictatorial regimes.”

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