(02 March, 2016)

“Kingdom of Tonga has become the 187th International Labour Organization (ILO) Member State”

Tonga has become the 187th member state of the International Labour Organization (ILO) with effect from the 24th February 2016, following the receipt by the Director General of the ILO, of a declaration of acceptance of ILO Constitutional obligations from the Government of Tonga.  According to the formal notification received by the Government on 1st March 2016, the ILO welcomes Tonga as a member state and is confident that the association between Tonga and the Organization will be of benefit to Tonga and its people.

The ILO was founded in 1919 and is a tripartite structured Organization which gives equal voice to workers, employers and government, to ensure that the views of the social partners are closely reflected in labour standards and in shaping policies and programmes.  By becoming a member of the ILO, Tonga is indicating its commitment to decent work principles and the progressive realization of international labour standards.  Through this work agenda, Tonga commits to encouraging decent employment opportunities, enhancing social protection and strengthening dialogue on work-related issues.

Tonga has not ratified any ILO Conventions in its accession to membership at this point of time. Any ratification of any of the ILO Conventions is subject to prior consultation with key stakeholders.


Issued by the: The Prime Minister’s Office, P.O. Box 62, Nuku’alofa, Tonga. Tel: (676) 24 644     Fax:  (676) 23 888; For media enquiries- Email:

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