The ILO is interested in more than just securing more work for more people, because work itself often does not alleviate poverty nor lead to a productive life. The challenge is to secure Decent Work: work that earns a liveable income with access to basic social protection, where human rights are respected, and where workers and employers have opportunity to participate in decision-making that affects their lives.

Decent Work is a broad concept, based on 4 mutually- dependent Strategies:

  1. upholding the fundamental rights of workers at work, including a safe work environment;
  2. ensuring an adequate, productive, meaningful livelihood for workers;
  3. encouraging social dialogue within enterprises, and at the national level, between employers, workers and government; and
  4. providing access to social protection, especially when livelihoods are threatened as a result of illness, injury, economic downturn, or changes in technology and trade flows.


Decent work

Decent work sums up the aspirations of people in their working lives. It involves opportunities for work that is productive and delivers a fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for families, better prospects for personal development and social integration, freedom for people to express their concerns, organize and participate in the decisions that affect their lives and equality of opportunity and treatment for all, particulary for women