Working around the clock? A manual for trainers to help live-in domestic workers count their working time

23 September, 2014 | ILO | ILO
This manual presents and explains how to use a working time tool that was designed for live-in domestic workers to record and calculate their working time and rest periods. The working time tool was originally designed as a response to the concern that live-in domestic workers work extremely long hours, while their employers often feel that domestic workers are rarely really working, but are rather on standby.

Leveraging the cooperative advantage for women's empowerment and gender equality

15 September, 2014 | ILO COOP | ILO
This brief is a part of the ILO COOP Cooperatives and the World of Work series.

This brief provides insights into questions such as: How can cooperative enterprises help promote gender equality? What are ways women can make use of the cooperative advantage to access opportunities that are otherwise denied to them?

Cooperating out of isolation: Domestic workers' cooperatives

15 September, 2014 | ILO COOP | ILO
This brief is a part of the ILO COOP Cooperatives and the World of Work series.

Cooperative enterprises can provide a practical and relevant model for domestic workers to improve their livelihoods and conditions of work. They can offer domestic workers a collective voice to advocate for their rights with employers and policy makers.

Qualitative research on employment relationship and working conditions: preliminary guidelines

3 July, 2014 | Amelita King Dejardin | ILO
This guide presents a qualitative research methodology for investigating the employment relationship between domestic worker and the employer-household, with special attention on employment practices and working conditions.

Catalogue of ILO Resources on Domestic Work

3 July, 2014 | Inclusive Labour Markets, Labour Relations and Working Conditions Branch (INWORK) | ILO
This catalogue gives an overview of the most important ILO knowledge resources and policy tools. Next to a short abstract you will find information about the languages the publication is available in. The resources are grouped by categories. All publications can be found online at

The rights of domestic workers: A primer on ILO CONVENTION No. 189 & RA 10361 Domestic Workers Act

3 July, 2014 | Philippine Migrants Rights Watch (PMRW) & International Labour Organization (ILO) | PMRW
Domestic work is a valuable, but often unrecognized contribution to the well-being of families and to the functioning of economy and society. Often performed by family members, particularly women, it is neither recognized as a formal component of the economy nor properly compensated. When done by hired labour, it is often not included in the labour laws of the country. Therefore, domestic workers do not enjoy the full protection of labour laws and they are often underpaid and asked to work extra time. In order to better inform domestic workers of their rights, the Philippine Migrants Rights Watch (PMRW), with the support of the International Labour Organization’s ASEAN TRIANGLE project, has developed this educational booklet on Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers and RA 10361 otherwise known as Batas Kasambahay or Domestic Workers Law.

Sri Lanka: Domestic work is real work. Let’s end the exclusion today.

23 June, 2014 | Verité Research | Verité Research
This is a video that was developed for a concert in aid of Domestic Workers in Sri Lanka. Domestic work is often not seen as 'real work', or as a real profession, and the conditions of work are often less than decent. Through supporting meaningful ratification of Convention C189 in Sri Lanka, we can ensure that domestic workers have access to social and legal protection, fair working hours, a written contract, decent working environment, minimum wage, minimum age, freedom of association, daily and weekly rest and paid annual leave. Join the Campaign! Help ensure that domestic workers are recognized as real workers and that domestic work is always decent work!

Is your home a decent workplace?

16 June, 2014 | ILO | ILO
When we employ domestic workers, we have a responsibility to ensure that their rights are respected. Today, on the 3rd Anniversary of Convention 189 (June 16), the ILO WORKQUALITY team is raising awareness among ILO staff for each one of us to think of a way to make our homes a decent workplace for the domestic workers we employ.

Economics Behind Forced Labour Trafficking - Comprehensive Case Studies of Child Domestic Labour and Commercial Sexual Exploitation

12 June, 2014 | Global March Against Child Labour | Global March Against Child Labour
Using a data-driven approach, the report highlights the large amount of money involved in trafficking. In the report, we found out that in India alone, an unnoticed illegal monetary pool of anywhere between US$ 35 to US$ 360 billion is generated through the exploitation of victims of child domestic labour and commercial sexual exploitation accounting for approximately 2 to 20% of India's GDP!

Draft Report: Patterns of Employment Arrangements and Working Conditions for Domestic Work in Zambia

31 May, 2014 | ILO | Ipsos Public Affairs
The main aim of this study was to provide more in depth information on the terms and conditions of work and employment for domestic workers in Zambia including salaries, working hours, rest days and leave, health care and insurance and benefits, contractual arrangements with employers and interpersonal relationships of domestic workers. In order to do this, qualitative information was collected with a number of key informants including domestic workers and their employers in both urban and rural Zambia, as well as maid centres, which increasingly are involved in the recruitment of domestic workers.
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