Message to the Senate
Transmitting an International Convention on Labor Statistics
January 3, 1989
the Senate of the United States:
a view to receiving the advice and consent of the Senate to ratification, I
transmit herewith a certified copy of the Convention (No. 160) Concerning Labor
Statistics, adopted by the International Labor Conference at Geneva on July
I transmit also for the Senate's information a certified copy of the
recommendation (No. 170) on the same subject, adopted by the International
Labor Conference on the same date, which amplifies some of the Convention's
provisions. No action is called for on the recommendation.
report of the Department of State, with a letter from the Secretary of Labor,
concerning the Convention is enclosed.
explained more fully in the enclosed letter from the Secretary of Labor, the
Government of the United States already collects,
compiles and publishes basic labor statistics in all nine subject areas covered
by Convention 160. Ratification of this Convention, therefore, would not
require the United States to alter in any way its
law or practice in this field.
as I stated in transmitting International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention
144 to the Senate on April 10, 1986, ratification by the United States of so few ILO
Conventions makes more difficult our attempts to take other governments to task
for failing to comply with ILO instruments they have ratified. In part for this
reason, the Senate gave its advice and consent to the ratification of ILO Convention
144. I accordingly recommend that the Senate also give its advice and consent
to the ratification of ILO Convention 160.
January 3, 1989.