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Report/Press release

Making Domestic Work Visible: The Case for Specific Regulation




International Labour Organisation and A. Blackett


The ILO's Industrial and Employment Relations Department (DIALOGUE) promotes social dialogue, sound industrial relations and the adoption or reform of labour law in accordance with international labour standards, best comparative practice and in consultation with the social partners.

Labour law, industrial relations and social dialogue are at the core of ILO member States' economic and social organization. Sound industrial relations and effective social dialogue are a means to promote better wages and working conditions as well as peace and social justice. As instruments of good governance they foster cooperation and economic performance, helping to create an enabling environment for the realization of the objective of Decent Work at the national level.

Changes in the world of work pose numerous challenges to industrial relations institutions and actors, labour legislation and collective bargaining processes. They also create new impetus for innovative practices. Moreover, labour law needs to reflect the evolving labour market situation and address current needs and challenges.

"in a world of growing interdependence and complexity and the internationalization of production, [...] social dialogue and the practice of tripartism between governments and the representative organizations of workers and employers within and across borders are now more relevant to achieving solutions and to building up social cohesion and the rule of law through, among other means, international labour standards"

Responsible institution

International Labour Organization

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Economic sectors

General relevance - all sectors

Content types

Policy analysis

Target groups

Researchers, Unions, and NGOs/community groups/solidarity networks

Geographical focuses

Global relevance and Regional relevance

Spheres of activity

Economics and Political science