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Chall Enges, Achievements and Trends

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In labour law as in other legal domains, changes and progress are a continuing development, and law reflects cultural and social changes as well as scientific and technological developments. Both the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the European Union (EU) have defined rules of fair conditions of work, social justice and equality, the ILO being the pioneer and standard-setter in this field: ILO standards have a global scope, while the EU legislates within the realm of EU Member States. This chapter summarizes a few important developments and achievements of EU legislation and their connection with ILO standards. Both the ILO and the EU subscribe to the ILO-initiated "Decent Work Agenda" (2000-2005) in which gender equality occupies pride of place. The ILO, the locomotive, and the EU, the trailer, have the same road map to advance equality.

Keywords: European Union (EU) legislation; gender equality; international labour organization (ILO) standards

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