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C122 Employment Policy Convention, 1964 
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Convention concerning Employment Policy 
(Note: Date of coming into force: 15:07:1966.) 
<br>Session of the Conference:48 
<br>Date of adoption:09:07:1964 
<br>Subject classification: Employment Policy
      Status: Up-to-date instrument 
This instrument is one of the priority conventions. 
The General Conference of the International Labour Organisation,<p>
Having been convened at Geneva by the Governing Body of the International 
Labour Office, and having met in its Forty-eighth Session on 17 June 1964, and 
Considering that the Declaration of Philadelphia recognises the solemn 
obligation of the International Labour Organisation to further among the 
nations of the world programmes which will achieve full employment and the 
raising of standards of living, and that the Preamble to the Constitution of 
the International Labour Organisation provides for the prevention of 
unemployment and the provision of an adequate living wage, and<p>
Considering further that under the terms of the Declaration of Philadelphia it 
is the responsibility of the International Labour Organisation to examine and 
consider the bearing of economic and financial policies upon employment policy 
in the light of the fundamental objective that all human beings, irrespective 
of race, creed or sex, have the right to pursue both their material well-being 
and their spiritual development in conditions of freedom and dignity, of 
economic security and equal opportunity, and<p>
Considering that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights provides that 
everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and 
favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment, and<p>
Noting the terms of existing international labour Conventions and 
Recommendations of direct relevance to employment policy, and in particular of 
the Employment Service Convention and Recommendation, 1948, the Vocational 
Guidance Recommendation, 1949, the Vocational Training Recommendation, 1962, 
and the Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention and 
Recommendation, 1958, and<p>
Considering that these instruments should be placed in the wider framework of 
an international programme for economic expansion on the basis of full, 
productive and freely chosen employment, and<p>
Having decided upon the adoption of certain proposals with regard to 
employment policy, which are included in the eighth item on the agenda of the 
session, and<p>
Having determined that these proposals shall take the form of an international 
adopts the ninth day of July of the year one thousand nine hundred and 
sixty-four, the following Convention, which may be cited as the Employment 
Policy Convention, 1964:<p>
Article 1<p>
1. With a view to stimulating economic growth and development, raising levels 
of living, meeting manpower requirements and overcoming unemployment and 
underemployment, each Member shall declare and pursue, as a major goal, an 
active policy designed to promote full, productive and freely chosen 
2. The said policy shall aim at ensuring that--<p>
 (a) there is work for all who are available for and seeking work;<p>
 (b) such work is as productive as possible;<p>
 (c) there is freedom of choice of employment and the fullest possible 
opportunity for each worker to qualify for, and to use his skills and 
endowments in, a job for which he is well suited, irrespective of race, 
colour, sex, religion, political opinion, national extraction or social 
3. The said policy shall take due account of the stage and level of economic 
development and the mutual relationships between employment objectives and 
other economic and social objectives, and shall be pursued by methods that are 
appropriate to national conditions and practices.<p>
Article 2<p>
Each Member shall, by such methods and to such extent as may be appropriate 
under national conditions--<p>
 (a) decide on and keep under review, within the framework of a co-ordinated 
economic and social policy, the measures to be adopted for attaining the 
objectives specified in Article 1;<p>
 (b) take such steps as may be needed, including when appropriate the 
establishment of programmes, for the application of these measures.<p>
Article 3<p>
In the application of this Convention, representatives of the persons affected 
by the measures to be taken, and in particular representatives of employers 
and workers, shall be consulted concerning employment policies, with a view to 
taking fully into account their experience and views and securing their full 
co-operation in formulating and enlisting support for such policies.<p>
Article 4<p>
   The formal ratifications of this Convention shall be communicated to the 
Director-General of the International Labour Office for registration.<p>
Article 5<p>
   1. This Convention shall be binding only upon those Members of the 
International Labour Organisation whose ratifications have been registered 
with the Director-General.<p>
   2. It shall come into force twelve months after the date on which the 
ratifications of two Members have been registered with the Director-General.<p>
   3. Thereafter, this Convention shall come into force for any Member twelve 
months after the date on which its ratifications has been registered.<p>
Article 6<p>
   1. A Member which has ratified this Convention may denounce it after the 
expiration of ten years from the date on which the Convention first comes into 
force, by an Act communicated to the Director-General of the International 
Labour Office for registration. Such denunciation should not take effect until 
one year after the date on which it is registered.<p>
   2. Each Member which has ratified this Convention and which does not, 
within the year following the expiration of the period of ten years mentioned 
in the preceding paragraph, exercise the right of denunciation provided for in 
this Article, will be bound for another period of ten years and, thereafter, 
may denounce this Convention at the expiration of each period of ten years 
under the terms provided for in this Article.<p>
Article 7<p>
   1. The Director-General of the International Labour Office shall notify all 
Members of the International Labour Organisation of the registration of all 
ratifications and denunciations communicated to him by the Members of the 
   2. When notifying the Members of the Organisation of the registration of 
the second ratification communicated to him, the Director-General shall draw 
the attention of the Members of the Organisation to the date upon which the 
Convention will come into force.<p>
Article 8<p>
   The Director-General of the International Labour Office shall communicate 
to the Secretary-General of the United Nations for registration in accordance 
with Article 102 of the Charter of the United Nations full particulars of all 
ratifications and acts of denunciation registered by him in accordance with 
the provisions of the preceding Articles.<p>
Article 9<p>
   At such times as may consider necessary the Governing Body of the 
International Labour Office shall present to the General Conference a report 
on the working of this Convention and shall examine the desirability of 
placing on the agenda of the Conference the question of its revision in whole 
or in part.<p>
Article 10<p>
   1. Should the Conference adopt a new Convention revising this Convention in 
whole or in part, then, unless the new Convention otherwise provides:<p>
a) the ratification by a Member of the new revising Convention shall ipso jure 
involve the immediate denunciation of this Convention, notwithstanding the 
provisions of Article 6 above, if and when the new revising Convention shall 
have come into force;<p>
b) as from the date when the new revising Convention comes into force this 
Convention shall cease to be open to ratification by the Members.<p>
   2. This Convention shall in any case remain in force in its actual form and 
content for those Members which have ratified it but have not ratified the 
revising Convention.<p>
Article 11<p>
   The English and French versions of the text of this Convention are equally 
<b>Cross references</b><font size=-1>
<br>CONSTITUTION:P:Preamble to the Constitution of the International Labour
<br><a href="../cgi-lex/">Conventions: C088 Employment Service Convention, 1948 </a>
<br><a href="../cgi-lex/">Conventions: C111 Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention, 1958 </a>
<br><a href="../cgi-lex/">Recommendations:R083 Employment Service Recommendation, 1948 </a>
<br><a href="../cgi-lex/">Recommendations:R111 Discrimination (Employment and Occupation)</a>
Recommendation, 1958 

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