News and articles on domestic work

  1. News

    Italy ratifies the Domestic Workers Convention

    22 January 2013

    Italy is the 4th ILO member State and the first EU member State to ratify this instrument which seeks to improve the working and living conditions of tens of millions of domestic workers worldwide.

  2. Labour standards

    Domestic workers deserve a better deal

    15 January 2013

    Op-ed by Malte Luebker, ILO Senior Regional Wage Specialist, published in the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) on 12 January 2013.

  3. Domestic workers

    Uniting on the home front

    11 January 2013

    Against all the odds, domestic workers around the world have joined forces to push for better working conditions.

  4. Al Jazeera

    Numbers of domestic workers have increased, but working benefits have not kept up, says the ILO

    09 January 2013

    The ILO estimates that 30% of the nearly 53 million domestic workers worldwide do not enjoy any legal protection, and 45% of them are not entitled to any weekly rest or paid leave. ILO's Malte Luebker told Al Jazeera English that Asia has the least protection for domestic workers and stressed the importance for those countries to ratify the newly adopted ILO convention on domestic workers.

  5. BBC Business Edition

    The ILO calls for tough legal protection for domestic workers

    09 January 2013

    Only 10% of the world's 53 million domestic workers enjoy adequate labour rights. Over half of them have no legal limit on their working hours and do not receive a minimum wage. In addition, 45% of domestic workers worldwide are not entitled to rest periods. In a live interview on the BBC's "Business Edition", ILO's Martin Oelz, explained how domestic workers are more vulnerable to exploitation as their jobs are often not even considered as work and their workplaces are households beyond the usual reach of labour inspection systems. Oelz stressed that legal protection is key to achieve decent and better conditions for domestic workers.

  6. Video interview

    Domestic workers still experience poor legal protection, the ILO warns

    09 January 2013

    ILO's Martin Oelz, Legal Specialist on Working Conditions, presents the key findings of a new ILO report - Domestic workers across the world - which follows the adoption, in June 2011, of the ILO Convention and Recommendation on domestic work.

  7. Working conditions

    Longest, most unpredictable hours – the plight of the domestic worker

    09 January 2013

    Despite legislation limiting working time in most countries, domestic workers are amongst the least protected and suffer health issues as a result.