The International Labour Organization and the quest for social justice, 1919-2009

March 30, 2010

From the publisher:

This book tells the story of the International Labour Organization, founded in 1919 in the belief that universal and lasting peace goes hand in hand with social justice. Since then the ILO has contributed to the protection of the vulnerable, the fight against unemployment, the promotion of human rights, the development of democratic institutions and the improvement of the working lives of women and men everywhere. In its history the ILO has sometimes thrived, sometimes suffered setbacks, but always survived to pursue its goals through the political and economic upheavals of the last 90 years.

Watch 90 years of ILO history here. This short video is presented in a moving scrapbook of photos, film, sound and music showing the Organization’s role in promoting social justice and Decent Work within the historical, political and cultural contexts of each decade.

The authors have between them many years of experience of working in and studying the ILO. They explore some of the main ideas that the ILO has developed and championed, and tell how they were applied, and to what effect, at different times and in different parts of the world. There are chapters on rights at work, the quality of employment, income protection, employment and poverty reduction, a fair globalization and today’s overriding goal of decent work for all. The book ends with reflections on the challenges ahead in a world where the present economic crisis underlines the urgency of global action for social justice.

The International Labour Organization and the quest for social justice, 1919-2009 / Gerry Rodgers … [et al.].  Ithaca : ILR Press/Cornell University Press, 2009. xv, 272 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.   ISBN 9780801448492

For more information on the availability of this title from the University of Toronto Libraries catalogue, click here.

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