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

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

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.

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 through funds from the government of Canada, has developed this educational booklet on ILO Convention No.189 and RA 10361. The primer is intended to provide migrant domestic workers with reading material to make them informed and aware of their rights, due process, and mechanisms to address their work-related concerns. It will also be useful for advocates, civil society organizations, the Government, and other stakeholders in promoting and protecting the rights of Filipino migrant domestic workers. This primer will be widely distributed to help empower migrant domestic workers and engage advocates and other stakeholders in advancing their rights.

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