The Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work was adopted in 1998, at the 86th International Labour Conference. It is a statement made by the International Labour Organization "that all Members, even if they have not ratified the Conventions in question, have an obligation arising from the very fact of membership in the Organization to respect, to promote and to realize, in good faith and in accordance with the Constitution, the principles concerning the fundamental rights which are the subject of those Conventions".
There are eight core conventions, which cover collective bargaining, forced labour, child labour and discrimination. They require,
- freedom to join a union, bargain collectively and take action
- abolition of forced labour
- abolition of labour by children before the end of compulsory school
- no discrimination at work
- Equal Remuneration Convention, 1951, No 100
- Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention, 1958, No 111