ILO Conventions

Barbados has been a member of the ILO since 1967. To date the following 36 conventions have been ratified. 

NumberName Year of Ratification 
C11 Right of Association (Agriculture) Convention, 1921 1967
C12 workmen’s Compensation (Agriculture) Convention, 1921 1967
C17 Workmen’s Compensation (Accidents) Convention, 1925 1967
C19 Equality of Treatment (Accident Compensation) Convention, 1925 1967
C22 Seamen’s Articles of Agreement Convention, 1926 1967
C26 Minimum Wage-Fixing Machinery Convention, 1928 1967
C29 Forced Labour Convention, 1930 1967
C42 Workmen’s Compensation (Occupational Diseases) Convention (Revised), 1934 1967
C50 Recruiting of Indigenous Workers Convention, 1936 1967
C63 Convention concerning Statistics of Wages and Hours of Work, 1938 1967
C65 Penal Sanctions (indigenous Workers) Convention, 1939 1967
C74 Certification of Able Seamen Convention, 1946 1967
C81 Labour Inspection Convention, 1947 1967
C86 Contracts of Employment (Indigenous Workers) Convention, 1947 1967
C87 Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention, 1948 1967
C90 Night Work of Young Persons (industry) Convention (Revised), 1948 1976
C94 Labour Clauses (Public Contracts) Convention, 1949 1967
C95 Protection of Wages Convention, 1949 1967
C97 Migration for Employment Convention (Revised), 1949 1967
C98 Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention, 1949 1967
C100 Equal Remuneration Convention, 1951 1974
C101 Holidays with Pay (Agriculture) Convention, 1952 1967
C102 Social Security (Minimum Standards) Convention, 1952 1972
C105 Abolition of Forced Labour Convention, 1957 1967
C108 Seafarers’ Identity Documents Convention, 1958 1967
C111 Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention, 1958 1974
C115 Radiation Protection Convention, 1960 1967
C118 Equality of Treatment (Social Security) Convention, 1962 1974
C122 Employment Policy Convention, 1964 1976
C128 Invalidity, Old-Age and Survivors’ Benefits Convention, 1967 1972
C135 Workers’ Representatives Convention, 1971 1977
C138 Minimum Age Convention, 1973 2000
C144 Tripartite Consultation (International Labour Standards) Convention, 1976 1983
C147 Merchant Shipping (Minimum Standards) Convention, 1976 1994
C172 working Conditions (Hotels and Restaurants) Convention, 1991 1997
C182 Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 2000

The complete list of ILO Conventions can be found here.


Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work

The core labour standards are fundamental principles that protect basic human rights in the workforce. As stated in the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (1998) the core labour standards aim to: (1) eliminate all forms of forced or compulsory labour; (2) effectively abolish child labour; (3) eliminate discrimination in respect of employment and occupation; and (4) ensure the freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining. 

These principles are spelled out in eight (8) ILO core labour standard conventions, also known as the fundamental human rights conventions. These are: 

Elimination of forced and compulsory labour
Conventions 29 and 105

Abolition of child labour
Conventions 138 and 182

Elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation
Conventions 100 and 111

Freedom of association and collective bargaining
Conventions 87 and 98 

Barbados has ratified 7 of these 8 Conventions.