Ireland has been a member of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) since 1923.
The ILO is the United Nations agency which deals with employment and labour market issues and whose mission is to improve standards and conditions of work and to encourage productive employment throughout the world. Its main achievement has been the creation of an international labour code consisting of Conventions and Recommendations. It has a tripartite structure unique in the United Nations, in which employers’ and workers’ representatives have an equal voice with those of governments in shaping its policies and programmes.
Ireland is represented at ILO annual conferences by a tripartite delegation, composed of government officials, nominees of the employers (from the Irish Business and Employers’ Confederation) and of the workers (from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions).