Chancellor Angela Merkel said: "We want social standards to apply to all people of this world."
"The ILO is as relevant today as it was 100 years ago," Merkel told delegates. "Today we must further improve working conditions. Economic growth must be turned into social progress. Multilateral action is bringing us forward, and we are all dependent on it."
Merkel also condemned the use of child labor and lent her support to the ILO campaign against it.
French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev also spoke on Tuesday.
Future prioritiesThe ILO Conference meeting of nearly 6,000 delegates until June 21 has tabled a draft treaty to protect employees from workplace abuse and drafted a Centenary Declaration setting out future priorities.
"By adopting new international labor standards to stop violence and harassment at work, this conference will ... strike a blow against abuse which should offend the basic standards of decency of each and every one of us," ILO Director-General Guy Ryder told the congress.
Delegates are looking at the future of work and reviewing a report which urges governments, employers and unions to deliver a "human-centered" agenda for decent work. The report has ten recommendations, including:
- More investment in lifelong learning
- Guaranteed social protection
- Universal labour guarantee enshrining an adequate living wage
- Maximum limits on working hours
- Protection of safety and health at work.
The ILO was founded in 1919 and has 187 member states. It promotes social justice and labor rights as essential elements of global peace.
jm/rc (dpa, AFP)
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