In November 2001, following the publication of the first comprehensive report of the InFocus programme on forced labour, the ILO`s governing body launched a specific action programme to combat forced labour (SAP-FL) as part of a broader effort to promote the 1998 Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Workplace Rights and Its Monitoring. Mr Gompers also set the agenda for the draft charter for the protection of workers` rights. The Americans made 10 proposals. Three of them were adopted without amendment: this work should not be treated as a commodity; that all workers are entitled to a sufficient wage to live on; and that women should be paid equal pay for equal work. A proposal on the protection of freedom of expression, freedom of the press, assembly and association has been amended to cover only freedom of association. A proposal to ban international movements of children`s products under the age of 16 has been amended to ban products made by children under the age of 14. A proposal to impose an eight-hour workday has been amended to impose an eight-hour or 40-hour working day (with the exception of low-productivity countries). Four other U.S. proposals were rejected. Meanwhile, international delegates proposed three additional clauses that were adopted: one or more days for weekly rest; Equal laws for foreign workers; regular and frequent inspections of operating conditions.  The ILO is unique because it is the only UN organization with a tripartite structure.
Government states, employers and workers all have a voice in the development of ILO labour standards, policies and programmes. Domestic workers are those who perform a variety of tasks for and in other people`s homes. For example, they can cook, clean the house and take care of the children. Yet they are often the ones who have the least consideration and are excluded from work and social protection. This is mainly due to the fact that women have traditionally completed tasks without pay.  On 16 June 2011, the ILO adopted the Convention on Domestic Workers for the Rights and Decent Work of Domestic Workers, including Immigrant Workers. The new ILO-IOM Convention builds on the comparative advantages, expertise and electoral districts of agencies.