Regional Coordinator: 
Karin Pape


IDWF affiliates in Europe:



Belgium CSC Service Union (Pia Stalpaert)
Germany Gewerkschaft NGG (NGG) (Birgit Pitsch)
Italy FILCAMS CGIL (Giuliana Mesina)
Netherlands FNV Bondgenoten
Switzerland SIT (Syndicat interprofessionnel de travailleuses et travailleurs) (Martine Bagnoud)
Switzerland UNIA


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First step in better protecting domestic workers in Belgium (Dutch only)

30 September, 2014 | FOS & Marieke Koning & Organisatie voor Clandestiene Arbeidsmigranten - OR.C.A. vzw | FOS

Since of 1 October, domestic workers working less than 24 hours a week are now entitled to social protection, access to paid sick leave, pension schemes and unemployment benefits.

Campaigners welcome new protections for workers in diplomatic households in Ireland

12 September, 2014 | Migrant Rights Centre Ireland | Migrant Rights Centre Ireland

New measures will help prevent labour exploitation and trafficking

Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) today welcomed new measures to protect workers in the homes of diplomats in Ireland. Diplomats employing domestic workers in their homes must now comply with a list of requirements aimed at preventing labour exploitation and human trafficking.

It's official! Ireland ratifies the Domestic Workers Convention

2 September, 2014 | ILO | ILO

Ireland is the 15th ILO member State and the third EU member State to ratify this instrument which seeks to improve the working and living conditions of tens of millions of domestic workers worldwide.

UK: Justice for Domestic Workers rally to "Say No to Slavery"

30 July, 2014 | LianaFlims | Maris Begonia

Justice for Domestic Workers rally to "Say No to Slavery".

Landmark day for workers in private homes as Ireland ratifies Domestic Workers Convention

9 July, 2014 | MRCI | MRCI

Migrant Rights Centre Ireland welcomes ‘momentous’ ratification of ILO Convention

Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) today (Wednesday 9th July) welcomed Ireland’s ratification of the ILO Domestic Workers Convention, saying it will provide increased protection for thousands of vulnerable domestic workers here.

Ireland: Minister Bruton announces ratification of ILO Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers

9 July, 2014 | Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Press Office | Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Press Office

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr. Richard Bruton, TD, today announced the Government’s decision to ratify the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers (No. 189), 2011.

Minister Bruton secured Government approval to ratify the Convention at its meeting yesterday. This decision puts Ireland among the small group of ILO member countries who have ratified this Convention. To date, only 14 ILO member countries out of 185 have ratified the Domestic Workers Convention and Ireland will be only the third EU country to ratify.

Minister Bruton said: “The decision to ratify the ILO Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers is an important milestone and shows a strong commitment on the part of Ireland to the protection of the rights of domestic workers”.

Domestic workers rally against modern slavery in UK

18 June, 2014 | Patrick Camara Ropeta | ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau

Migrant domestic workers and human rights campaigners joined forces at a Westminster rally to call an end to modern slavery in Britain.

Dubbed as the "No To Slavery" campaign, protesters took to the streets outside the Houses of Parliament in central London to fight against what they believe is an ongoing oppression of migrant domestic workers in the country.

The event, which includes keynote speeches from prominent campaigners, creative activities from live poetry to graffiti, and public dramatization of real cases, also marks the 2014 International Domestic Workers’ Day last June 16.

Ireland: Government still "failing" domestic workers, MRCI claims

17 June, 2014 | Noel Baker | Irish Examiner

The Government has been accused of "failing" domestic workers falling prey to exploitation by not ratifying laws aimed at securing their rights.

The Migrant Rights Centre Ireland yesterday marked International Domestic Workers Day by stating that the Government needed to ratify the ILO Domestic Workers Convention, claiming “justice delayed is justice denied”. The MRCI’s Domestic Workers Action Group said au pairs, carers, childminders, cleaners, and housekeepers were still being exploited and experiencing poor working conditions.

ENoMW: The European Union must urgently strengthen efforts to guarantee the equal rights and equal treatment of Migrant Domestic Workers

16 June, 2014 | European Network of Migrant Women (ENoMW) | ENoMW

On the occasion of International Day of Domestic Workers, the European Network of Migrant Women [ENoMW] draws the attention of the European Union institutions and all national and European stakeholders to the situation and treatment of Domestic Workers within the European Union member states, as well as their contribution to European society.

All organisations endorsing this statement call for each and every European Union member state to follow Italy and Germany in pushing through the ratification of the ILO Domestic Workers Convention without further delay, and extend rights and protections to all migrants employed in this sector regardless of status.

Switzerland approved ratification of ILO-Convention 189 (German only)

12 June, 2014 | SRF | SRF

Der Nationalrat setzt ein Zeichen gegen die Ausbeutung von Hausangestellten in aller Welt. Trotz scharfer Kritik aus bürgerlichen Kreisen ratifiziert die grosse Kammer das Übereinkommen der Internationalen Arbeitsorganisation (IAO). Linke und CVP befürworten das Abkommen aus Solidaritätsgründen.
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