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The road towards the ILO Centenary year

by lloyd last modified 2018-11-08 11:40

7 November 2018

The International Labour Organization (ILO) will be celebrating its 100th anniversary throughout 2019 with a series of global, regional and national events. Announced today during the Africa group meeting at the Governing Body by the ILO’s Deputy Director General Greg Vines, the centenary will be running under the theme: “Advancing Social Justice, Promoting Decent Work”.

Predicted to officially launch the “ILO100” celebrations on 22 January 2019, the International Labour Office (the administrative arm of the ILO) will also be launching the report of the Global Commission on the Future of Work in Geneva. President Cyril Ramaphosa co-chairs the Commission which is a reflection of the influential role that South Africa plays in the global discourse on labour matters.

The Global Commission was set up to undertake an in-depth examination of the future of work and make recommendations on how to achieve social justice in the 21st century.

According to Vines, the International Labour Office has received more than 300 proposals and ideas from across the globe, covering a broad scope of activities which include awareness raising campaigns, high-level thematic conferences, meetings and forums, global media campaigns and special commemorative events.

Of the major events to take place, is the much anticipated 24-hour Global Online Tour on 11 April 2019, which will be showcasing the ILO journey over 24 hours, across four continents. Viewers will be able to watch the celebrations on the online platform as the Tour moves around the globe from one event to another.

The Office also plans a centenary ratification campaign which aims to get all ILO Member Countries to ratify at least one convention in the centenary year and Universal ratification of the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention and the tripartite consultation convention.

South Africa will host the 45th Governing Council of ARLAC from 26–28 February 2019 in Durban. It is planned to utilise this platform to also launch the report of the Commission. Also, it is envisaged that President Ramaphosa and ILO Director-General Guy Ryder will grace this truly African event to commemorate the 100 years since the ILO was founded.


For more information contact:


Teboho Thejane

Departmental Spokesperson

082 697 0694


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