In June 2019, at the 108th session
of the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) International Labor Conference,
governments agreed occupational health and safety should be
designated a Fundamental Right at Work (FRAW). This decision is included in the
ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work.
Collegium Ramazzini notes the ILO conference resolution called on the ILO Governing
Body “to consider, as soon as possible” measures for including safe and healthy
working conditions in the the ILO’s framework of Fundamental Principles and Rights
at Work. The ILO estimates 2.78 million people every year lose their lives to
occupational diseases and injuries. The Covid-19 pandemic has increased
dramatically this work-related toll. This harm is preventable where occupational
health and safety is given the necessary resources and priority. Making
occupational health and safety a Fundamental Right at Work will place an
obligation on ILO member states to give the issue this priority, with
consequent benefits for workers, business and society as a whole.
Collegium Ramazzini welcomes the ILO decision to add occupational health and
safety to the eight existing fundamental conventions. Under the current system,
policy and practice is not sufficiently robust and does not protect all workers.
Urgent action is necessary to address the preventable harm cause by work.
Collegium Ramazzini urges the ILO Governing Body to take at the earliest
opportunity the necessary steps to implement its decision to treat occupational
health and safety as a Fundamental Right at Work.
Please see attached to read the full statement.