The ILO System of International Labour Standards and Monitoring Procedures: Too Complicated to Be Effective?
The article deals with the complexity of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conventions and Recommendations and of the control procedures for their application as a factor that has a serious negative impact on their effectiveness. An analysis of the Conventions and Recommendations and other measures taken by the ILO is offered with a view to optimizing this system. The prospects for codification of the ILO standards are considered. A conclusion is reached concerning the possibility of gradual codification of the Conventions and Recommendations according to broad thematic classifications with further prospects for the creation of a unified international labour code. Some possible directions for such thematic classifications are proposed.
A separate analysis is made of ILO control procedures, and a judgment is made that these procedures are lacking sufficient coordination and systematization. Proposals are made for simplifying the procedures, for the abrogation of rarely used and secondary procedures, and for a higher level of coherence of the existing procedures in order to make the application of the international labour standards more effective.