The ILO’s position was not good. During the next two years, as the Allies began setting up the organisations for wartime collaboration and post-war planning which later formed the pillars of the United Nations system, the ILO was increasingly put on the defensive. The role of international labour in reconstruction would obviously depend on the Allies since they would control the world’s primary resources, communications and the financial means to pay for reconstruction. Yet the Organisation was an embarrassing reminder of the League, which the Allies intended to replace. More important, the Allies’ individual political susceptibilities had to be taken into account, and although the Americans and British had a place for the ILO in their plans, what would be the attitude of the Soviet Union?


Collective Bargaining International Labour Organisation Individual Industry Peace Settlement United Nation System 
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