International Labour Standards on Wages

Most people work in order to earn money. Yet, in many parts of the world access to adequate and regular wages is not guaranteed. In numerous countries, non-payment of wages has led to huge wage arrears, and wages are sometimes paid in bonds, manufactured goods, or even alcohol. Large wage arrears have been linked to debt bondage and slavery. In other countries, workers face loss of wages when their employer goes bankrupt. ILO standards on wages address these problems by providing for regular payment of wages, the fixing of minimum wage levels, and the settlement of unpaid wages in case of employer insolvency.

Selected relevant ILO instruments

Further information

  • Labour Clauses (Public Contracts) Convention, 1949 (No. 94) and Recommendation (No. 84): A practical guide (2008) - [PDF]
  • General Survey concerning Labour Clauses in Public Contracts (2008) - [PDF]
  • General Survey on Protection of Wages (2003) - [PDF]
  • General Survey on Minimum Wages (1992) - [PDF]
  • Conditions of Work and Employment Programme (TRAVAIL):
    - Web page on wages;
    - Inclusive Labour Markets, Labour Relations and Working Conditions Branch (INWORK): webpage on Wages