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Domestic workers celebrate rights breakthrough

5 September, 2013 | Harriet Grant | Guardian News

Campaigners are celebrating the long-awaited ratification of a treaty on labour rights for domestic workers that will offer protection to millions of employees worldwide.

From Thursday, the domestic workers convention will be legally binding for signatory countries. The treaty, originally adopted by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in 2011, is the first to deal specifically with domestic workers.

There are about 50-100 million domestic workers globally, mainly women and girls. Their tasks include cooking, cleaning and looking after children and the elderly. Such workers are often poor and employed outside their home country, making them particularly vulnerable to abuse and slavery.

Ecuador National Assembly Unanimously Adopt C189 Ratification (Spanish only)

5 September, 2013 | Newsroom, National Assembly of Ecuador | Asamblea Nacional del Ecuador

El Pleno de la Asamblea Nacional aprobó el Convenio 189 de la OIT que garantiza un trabajo decente para las y los trabajadores domésticos, por tanto, se reconocen sus derechos primordiales; específicamente el derecho a ser respetados, una vida decorosa, remuneraciones y retribuciones justas.

C189: "The work that makes all work possible" finally recognised by int'l law

5 September, 2013 | Tamara Gausi | Equal Times

It’s probably the biggest social movement that you’ve never heard of. Unless, of course, you are one of the millions of activists directly involved.

But the world’s “invisible workforce” is finally coming out of the shadows.

As of 5 September, the historic Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers, also known as the Domestic Workers Convention, No. 189, comes into force.

Landmark treaty for domestic workers comes into force

5 September, 2013 | ILO | ILO

The International Labour Organization’s Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189) comes into force on 5 September 2013, extending basic labour rights to domestic workers around the globe.

Uruguay and the Philippines: C189 Enters into Force on September 5

4 September, 2013 | IDWN | IDWN

On the coming September 5, the C189 will enter into force for Uruguay and the Philippines.  As the first two countries ratify the C189, they will have to submit a first detailed report to the ILO by the September 1, 2014, based on an ILO form.

Costa Rica delayed in ratification of C189 (Spanish only)

28 August, 2013 | Fernando Francia | Elpais

El Convenio Internacional de Trabajo Decente para Trabajadoras Domésticas, sigue paralizado en su trámite legislativo puesto que la presidencia de ese poder de la República no ha podido enviarlo a publicación en la Imprenta Nacional.

Pese a haber sido aprobado en segundo debate el Convenio no puede ser finalmente puesto en vigencia porque la Sala Constitucional encontró errores de procedimiento.

El diputado José María Villalta, del Frente Amplio, pidió este martes en el Congreso agilizar el trámite para que el Convenio pueda ser publicado.

Los errores señalados por la Sala Constitucional involucran tanto a la Asamblea como al Ministerio de Trabajo, señaló el diputado.

Switzerland can ratify C189, Swiss Federal Council says today

28 August, 2013 | Swiss Federal Council | Les autorités fédérales de la Confédération suisse

Today it was announced that the Swiss Federal Council came to the conclusion that Switzerland can ratify C189 and thus that it supports the ratification.  The Federal Council adopted on August 28, 2013 the message on the ratification of the international labour convention of 2011 on domestic workers (Convention No.189). The convention establishes the conditions frameworks to promote the employment of women workers and domestic workers in respect of fundamental labour rights and minimum social protection.

Ecuador International Relation Commission is having voting on ratification of C189 (Spanish only)

27 August, 2013 | Newsroom, National Assembly of Ecuador | Asamblea Nacional del Ecuador

El presidente  de la Comisión de Soberanía, Integración, Relaciones Internacionales y Seguridad Integral, asambleísta Fernando Bustamante, convocó a la sesión número 24 del organismo, que tendrá lugar este miércoles, 28 de agosto, a las 15h00.

En la agenda de trabajo consta la elaboración, discusión y votación de los  informes correspondientes a los pedidos de aprobación del Convenio No. 189 de la OIT sobre el trabajo decente para las trabajadoras y trabajadores domésticos; y, el Convenio entre las Repúblicas de Ecuador y Corea para evitar la doble tributación y prevenir la evasión fiscal respecto a impuestos sobre la renta.

Domestic Workers in Peru and their relentless fight for rights and adoption of C189

27 June, 2013 | PLADES & Global Network Latin America | PLADES & Global Network Latin America

A video clip produced by PLADES and Global Network Latin America on Domestic Workers in Peru and their relentless fight for rights and adoption of C189.

Poems from Jamaica Household Workers Union for C189

16 June, 2013 | Jamaica Household Workers Union | Jamaica Household Workers Union

Members of Jamaica Household Workers Union, IDWN affiliate, are just talented!

To celebrate International Domestic Workers' Day, they organized an activity on 15 June 2013. They wrote poems, sang songs and performed skits. These poems will be sent to the government of Jamaica to press for ratification of C189.
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