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ACTRAV/ITC-ILO Report: Decent Work for Domestic Workers The state of labour rights, social protection and trade union initiatives in Europe

19 June, 2013 | Kristin Carls | ACTRAV/ITC-ILO, ETUC and EFFAT
This report investigates the patterns of regulation of domestic work as well as trade unions' activities to promote decent work in this sector across 18 EU Member States. In the Central and Southern Western EU countries in the sample, domestic work is most frequently regulated by specific laws and/or collective bargaining. In the observed Central Eastern Member States, in contrast, regulation by means of general labour law prevails.  Further important areas of regulation for this sector are the regularisation of informal employment as well as migration policies.

ILO Report: Ending child labour in domestic work and protecting young workers from abusive working conditions

12 June, 2013 | ILO | ILO
Within the framework of the two ILO fundamental conventions on child labour and the recently adopted instruments on decent work for domestic workers, this new report sets the scene for a better understanding of child labour in domestic work. It outlines why involvement of children in domestic work should be a global concern and presents the basic concepts in this area as well as the required responses. It looks into child domestic work as a social development priority, a human rights concern and a gender equality challenge.

Snapshot: ILO in action, domestic workers

11 June, 2013 | ILO | ILO
A growing number of countries are taking measures to improve the living and working conditions of domestic workers. But the momentum needs to be stepped up to ensure that domestic workers worldwide enjoy labour rights, just like other workers.  Every day tens of millions of people throughout the world clean other people’s homes, cook their meals and watch over their children. Their work contributes to national economies and labour markets by enabling others to carry out their own jobs. Yet, domestic workers very often lack recognition as real workers, and constitute one of the most vulnerable categories of workers.

Trabajo decente para las trabajadoras domésticas

19 April, 2013
Trabajo decente para las trabajadoras domésticas

Por la aprobación del Convenio y Recomendación

The Legislation in the Dominican Republic  - An Analysis and Proposed Reforms in the Light of the C189 (Spanish only)

1 April, 2013 | ILO | ILO
El Convenio núm. 189 sobre las trabajadoras y los trabajadores domésticos y la Recomendación sobre las trabajadoras y los trabajadores domésticos, 2011 (núm. 201) fueron aprobados por la Conferencia Internacional del Trabajo de la Organización Internacional del Trabajo el 1º de junio en su centésima reunión. Este instrumento tiene una gran relevancia, pues como afirmó el Director General de la OIT: “Por primera vez llevamos el sistema de normas de la OIT a la economía informal y este es un acontecimiento de gran importancia... Se ha hecho historia”.

Domestic Workers Count Too: Implementing Protections for Domestic Workers: ITUC/UN Women Briefing Kit

18 March, 2013 | UN Women, ITCU CSI IGB | UN Women, ITCU CSI IGB
Based on personal testimonies from Bolivia, the State of New York, USA, the Philippines and South Africa, the ITUC-UN Women briefing kit is an encouragement to all governments to take measures to ensure that domestic workers are recognized and protected by law. Domestic workers represent an integral part of the labour force worldwide, and this is expected to grow in the coming years.

Home Truths: Wellbeing and vulnerabilities of child domestic workers, by Anti-Slavery International

12 March, 2013 | Jennie Gamlin, Agnes Zeneida V Camacho, Michelle Ong, Audrey Guichon, Therese M Hesketh | Anti-Slavery International
This report presents the findings of a multi-country study into the psychosocial wellbeing of child domestic workers (CDWs) across three continents. The study was conducted in Peru, Costa Rica, Togo, Tanzania, India and Philippines during 2009 with around 3,000 children, mostly between the ages of 10 and 17; half of whom work as paid or unpaid domestic workers.  This study makes an important contribution to our understanding of child domestic work and provides important indicators in terms of the situation and circumstances that most affect these child workers as well as the aspects of their life that provide resilience and contribute to their wellbeing in a positive way.

ILO Study on Living and Working Conditions of Domestic Workers In Cambodia

6 March, 2013 | Trade Unions In Cambodia, Sophorn Tous and Noun Veasna, Silvia Cormaci | ILO
In Cambodia, like in most societies, the task of cleaning, cooking and taking care of the well-being of family members have long been assigned to women. This household work, considered as a typical women‟s occupation, is often not perceived as “employment”.  This study and its key findings intend to bring greater attention to the situation of domestic workers in Cambodia and to facilitate the development of strategies and practical measures for promoting their rights and employment and working conditions in the country.

Domestic Workers Law Passed in the Philippines

26 February, 2013 | Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines | Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines
Following  the ratification of C189 last year, the Philippines passed the Domestic Workers Act (Batas Kasambahay) in January this year to give effect of the Convention.

Negociación Colectiva y las Trabajadoras Domésticas en Uruguay (Spanish)

31 January, 2013 | Mary R. Goldsmith | WIEGO
En este informe se describe el proceso de la negociación colectiva entre el Sindicato Único de Trabajadoras Domésticas (SUTD), la Liga de Amas de Casa, Consumidores y Usuarios de la República Oriental de Uruguay (que representa a las y los empleadores) y el gobierno federal en los consejos de salarios.  Se firmó el primer convenio colectivo para trabajadoras del hogar el 10 del noviembre de 2008, el primer convenio de esta índole no sólo en Uruguay sino en todo América Latina.  Se suscribió a un segundo convenio el 17 de diciembre de 2010.  A través de la negociación colectiva, las trabajadoras del hogar han logrado mejores salarios y nuevos  derechos que no están incluidos en la legislación laboral, y a fortalecer cláusulas de la ley de 2006 y el decreto reglamentario de 2007.
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