News and articles on domestic work
BBC World News
ILO says a policy for domestic workers in India is ''a matter of urgency''
31 March 2013
Domestic workers in India have more than doubled in number since 2005. Talking to BBC World News, ILO's Tine Staermose stressed the importance of policies aimed at protecting a very vulnerable section of the society. India's domestic workers are considered to ''uphold the economy'', with a rising population of over 10 million.
Commission urges EU countries to implement ILO domestic workers Convention
26 March 2013
The European Commission has presented a proposal for a Council Decision authorising EU countries to ratify the International Labour Organisation 2011 Convention concerning decent work for domestic workers (Convention No. 189).
NGOs call for the ratification of ILO Convention No. 189
26 February 2013
Ten international NGOs (Amnesty International, Anti-Slavery International, Defence for Children International, Child Rights International Network, Global March Against Child Labour, Human Rights Watch, the International Domestic Worker Network, International Labor Rights Forum, Plan International, and World Vision) issue statement to draw attention to child labour in domestic work. The statement urges the ratification of the ILO's new Convention 189 on domestic work and draws attention to the opportunity provided by the World Day against Child Labour to scale up action.
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.
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.
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.
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.