News and articles on domestic work

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    Is domestic work care work?

    16 June 2023

    Following the COVID-19 pandemic many countries are re-evaluating the status, pay and conditions of their care workers. So, why are domestic workers, whose work often includes care, often being left out of this process?

  2. International Day for Domestic Workers

    There is no social justice without decent work for domestic workers

    16 June 2023

    On the International Day for Domestic Workers, 16 June 2023, the ILO’s Director-General, Gilbert F. Houngbo calls upon all countries to ratify the International Labour Organization’s Domestic Workers Convention, Number 189.

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    Domestic workers

    Study highlights forced labour amongst migrant domestic workers in Southeast Asia

    15 June 2023

    Survey by International Labour Organization (ILO) of migrant domestic workers in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand points to poor working conditions, yet also highlights the skilled nature of domestic work.

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    ILO launches new strategy to achieve decent work for domestic workers

    15 June 2023

    With the global demand for domestic workers likely to grow, the International Labour Organization steps up action to ensure they have access to decent work.

  5. Press release

    ILO issues wage protection guidance for migrant workers

    27 April 2023

    Many migrant workers face wage-related abuses, including non-payment and delayed payment of wages.

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    Care economy

    ILO stresses the need for transformative care economy policies with decent employment opportunities for domestic workers

    28 February 2023

    An Ibero-American symposium in Cartagena aims to identify challenges and opportunities for policy makers. The ILO Director-General joined Ministers of Labour from Latin America and Spain for Tuesday's virtual opening session.

  7. Our impact, their voices

    Upskilling women migrant workers for the future of work

    21 November 2022

    Evelyn spent almost half of her life as a migrant domestic worker. Thanks to a training scholarship, Evelyn acquired digital skills, secured a decent job locally and fulfilled her longing to be with her family.