The Convention concerning freedom of association and protection of the right to organize – also known as convention No. 87- was adopted by the International Labor Organization. Convention No. 87 was adopted in light of certain proposals relating to freedom of association and protection of the right to organize. According to the International Labor Organization’s constitution, “recognition of the principle of freedom of association” is a means of improving conditions of labor and attaining peace.
Convention No. 87 reaffirms freedom of expression and association as an essential element to sustained progress. Convention No. 87 requires all member states of ILO to recognize the rights of both workers and employers to establish and to join organizations of their own.