Argentina ratifies the Domestic Workers Convention

24 March, 2014 | ILO | ILO

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On 24 March 2014, the Government of Argentina deposited with the International Labour Office the instrument of ratification of the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189). Argentina is the thirteenth ILO member State and the seventh Latin American member State to ratify this instrument that seeks to improve the working and living conditions of tens of millions of domestic workers worldwide. 
In transmitting the instrument of ratification, the Argentinean Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security, Mr Carlos Tomada, stated:

“Through the ratification of this Convention Argentina took another important step in the process started with the adoption of the law that ensured the equality between domestic workers and other workers. We are proud of being among the first countries in the world to ratify the Convention. Far from being an isolated case, this new achievement for workers forms part of the policy to equalize the rights promoted by the President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, such as through the new Act on Rural Workers that put an end to longstanding issues of precariousness and slavery. In this manner we could pay off an historical debt with these social sectors”.

In receiving the instrument of ratification of Convention No. 189 by Argentina, the Director General of the ILO, Mr Guy Ryder, stated:

“The ratification of Convention No. 189 by Argentina confirms and strengthens the leading role of Latin American and Central American countries in endorsing the Convention, so ensuring that domestic workers enjoy not only fundamental rights at work but also the full range of other labour rights. The ratification is also another step taken by the Government of Argentina on behalf of domestic workers and the protection of their rights and it strengthens measures already taken at the national level, such as the adoption of recent legislation that aims at improving the working conditions of this vulnerable category of workers. I hope that this ratification will be of good example for other countries and thereby encourage further ratifications of the Domestic Workers Convention in the near future.”

More information on Convention No. 189 and ILO’s work on domestic workers may be found at



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