News and articles on domestic work

  1. Article

    Domestic workers – ‘family’ or employees?

    27 April 2012

    Almost a year ago, in June 2011, a milestone event took place that promised to improve the lives of millions of working people – mostly women - worldwide, including more than a quarter of a million in Hong Kong and potentially as many as 20 million in mainland China. By Amelita King-Dejardin Conditions of Work and Employment Branch, ILO

  2. Article

    Campaign for domestic workers’ rights gathers pace

    29 February 2012

    The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day, 8 March, is “Empower Rural Women, End Poverty and Hunger”. One path that many rural women take to escape poverty is to become a domestic worker in a big city household or overseas. Yet when they do, many find themselves exploited, with little or no legal protection to guarantee basic rights to pay, rest and freedom from abuse. However following the adoption of the ILO Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189), the campaign to ensure domestic workers’ rights are respected is gaining momentum. By Lotte Kejser, Chief Technical Advisor, ILO Country Office for Indonesia and Timor Leste

  3. Article

    Skills training holds rural families, communities together

    02 December 2011

    Story of Tran Thi Thanh, a 43-year-old grandmother in My Loc, who acquired her first-ever passport and will use it to find work in Taiwan as a domestic worker.

  4. Feature story

    Questions and answers on the hidden reality of children in domestic work

    08 August 2011

    The recently approved ILO Convention No. 189 and Recommendation No. 201 on decent work for domestic workers aim to protect and improve working and living conditions of millions of workers worldwide, who have few – if any – labour rights. Many are children who spend long hours working as domestic helpers, performing tasks such as cleaning, ironing, cooking, minding other children and gardening instead of being at school. ILO News spoke to ILO experts Martin Oelz (TRAVAIL) and José M. Ramírez (IPEC) on the current situation of child domestic workers and how the new Convention and Recommendation can help impact their lives.

  5. News

    Migrants in an irregular situation employed in domestic work: Fundamental rights challenges for the European Union and its Member States.

    05 July 2011

    The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) presented its report ‘Migrants in an irregular situation employed in domestic work: Fundamental rights challenges for the European Union and its Member States’ on 5 July 2011. The report by the EU Agency calls for the introduction of clear standards for all domestic workers, and supports the ILO Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers, and its accompanying Recommendation, which were adopted on 16 June 2011.

  6. Feature story

    Questions and Answers on the Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers

    21 June 2011

    The landmark treaty setting standards for the treatment of domestic workers that was adopted at the International Labour Conference in Geneva has been widely hailed as a milestone. The Convention and accompanying Recommendation on decent work for domestic workers aim at protecting and improving the working and living conditions of domestic workers worldwide - estimated to number anywhere between 53 million and 100 million. ILO Online spoke to Manuela Tomei, Director of the ILO’s Conditions of Work and Employment Programme.

  7. Audio

    Celebrating the Adoption of an International Labour Standard for Domestic Workers

    17 June 2011

    At the entrance of the Assembly Hall at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, domestic workers and trade unionists enthusiastically sang and clapped their hands after the adoption of the Domestic Worker Convention ad Recommendation at the 100th International Labour Conference on June 16. The ILO's Director-General, Juan Somavia, called it a historic moment for domestic workers worldwide.