News and articles on domestic work

  1. Labour rights

    Domestic workers in Europe falling through the loopholes

    24 October 2012

    Many domestic workers in Europe do not enjoy as much legal protection as other workers. ILO Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers – which will come into force in a year’s time – offers a chance to improve the lives of the millions of people who work in this profession.

  2. News

    ILO Regional Tripartite Conference on Promoting Convention 189: Raising Awareness and Sharing Knowledge (Cairo, Egypt, 22-24 October 2012)

    22 October 2012

  3. News

    Regional knowledge-sharing forum – labour inspection and the domestic work sector, Lisbon, 11-12 October 2012

    12 October 2012

    LAB/ADMIN participated in a regional knowledge-sharing forum on labour inspection and domestic work in Lisbon, Portugal, organized by the International Labour Office in cooperation with the Government of Portugal on 11 and 12 October 2012.

  4. European labour migration

    From public sector worker in Portugal to cleaner in Switzerland

    20 September 2012

    As protests spread in southern Europe – especially in Greece, Spain and Portugal – against austerity measures, more and more people hit by the crisis are moving to northern countries in search of decent jobs. Public sector workers are not an exception.

  5. Convention N° 189

    Landmark treaty for domestic workers to come into force

    05 September 2012

    The ILO’s Convention on Domestic Workers has now been ratified by two countries, meaning it will come into effect in a year’s time. The Convention extends basic labour rights to tens of millions of domestic workers worldwide.

  6. From the Philippines

    Labour rights recognized for Filipino domestic workers

    05 September 2012

    The Philippines' ratification of ILO Convention 189 officially extends basic labour rights to domestic workers and will bring the convention into force within the year. But what does passing this landmark legislation actually change in the life of a maid working in the Philippines?

  7. From the Philippines

    Domestic work is no longer a “domestic issue”

    05 September 2012

    The ratification of ILO Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers by the Philippines this week breaks new ground in extending basic labour rights to the nearly 100 million of domestic workers worldwide. We look at what it will mean for these workers when the Convention comes into force next year.