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ILO urges EU to prioritise mental health at work

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Members of the European Union are being urged to adopt two fundamental conventions in a bid to promote a safe and healthy working environment amid declining mental health in workplaces.

Joaquim Pintado Nunes, chief of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) branch responsible for labour administration, labour inspection, and occupational safety and health, called on EU member states to adopt the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and the Occupational Safety and Health Convention (No. 155), as well as the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention (No. 187).

Nunes, in a keynote speech in Belgium, said that while a growing number of EU member states are ratifying the conventions separately, only 12 EU members have ratified both.

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