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. The flexibility of the cooperative business model has been amply demonstrated both historically and through the wide range of cooperatives functioning in the world today.

Domestic workers, because of the nature of their work in private households, face particular challenges and difficulties. By coming together in cooperatives, they can find it easier to achieve decent working conditions and fair levels of remuneration, as well as access to services, training and better job opportunities. It would be of great value if domestic workers' support organizations can avail the cooperative option and know how to access them.

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