International Labor Organization: Returning to the Core Business of Defending Workers



Brett Schaefer | Danielle Pletka | Heritage Foundation

The focus of the International Labor Organization should be to champion the “freedom of workers to flourish.” This is best done not through heavy regulation but by guaranteeing basic rights and protections that are universally observed and allowing nations to adopt and adapt details to their unique circumstances. The ILO practice of promulgating standards in a voluntary manner and serving as a forum to combat the worst forms of labor abuses serves U.S. interests. If the ILO departs from this approach on conventions and recommendations or if it allows political agendas tangential to its core mission to overwhelm its original mission and purpose, it should jeopardize U.S. support.


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