Sectoral standards

The ILO has adopted sector-specific international Conventions and Recommendations in agriculture, commerce, construction, fishing, health services, hotels and restaurants, mining, shipping, public service, and road transport. The ILO has also worked with other international organizations to develop and assist to implement, standards that rely on the principles and concepts of international labour standards, in sectors such as culture and education.

Shipping; ports; fisheries; inland waterways

  1. R199 - Work in Fishing Recommendation, 2007 (No. 199)

    29 January 2020

    Work in Fishing Recommendation, 2007

Hotels; catering; tourism

  1. C172 Working Conditions (Hotels and Restaurants) Convention, 1991

    25 June 1991

    Convention concerning Working Conditions in Hotels, Restaurants and similar Establishments
    (Note: Date of coming into force: 07/07/1994)

  2. R179 Working Conditions (Hotels and Restaurants) Recommendation, 1991

    25 June 1991

    Recommendation concerning Working Conditions in Hotels, Restaurants and similar Establishments

  3. ILO guidelines on decent work and socially responsible tourism

    23 November 2017

    Guidelines adopted at the Meeting of Experts to adopt Guidelines on Decent Work and Socially Responsible Tourism (Geneva, 20-24 February 2017)

Transport (including civil aviation; railways; road transport)

  1. C153 Hours of Work and Rest Periods (Road Transport) Convention, 1979

    27 June 1979

    Convention concerning Hours of Work and Rest Periods in Road Transport
    (Note: Date of coming into force: 02/10/1983.)

  2. R161 Hours of Work and Rest Periods (Road Transport) Recommendation, 1979

    27 June 1979

    Recommendation concerning Hours of Work and Rest Periods in Road Transport

  3. Guidelines on the promotion of decent work and road safety in the transport sector

    24 April 2020

    Guidelines adopted by a Meeting of Experts held in Geneva from 23 to 27 September 2019.

Forestry; wood; pulp and paper

  1. Guidelines for labour inspection in forestry

    28 January 2005

    The guidelines address some of the main issues and general principles of labour standards and their inspection in the forestry sector (from planting to logging). The guidelines are aimed at three main users: labour inspectors/certifiers, forest managers, and training and educational organizations.