Publications on domestic work

  1. Publication

    Promoting Decent Work for Sustainable Development

    20 November 2020

    The Malaysia Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) 2019–20 provides a framework for the first of two phases of structured cooperation between the ILO, the Government of Malaysia, the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) and the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC).

  2. Global Deal for Decent Work & Inclusive Growth - Thematic Brief

    Social Dialogue for the Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy

    20 November 2020

    Social dialogue has a vital role to play in supporting the transition from the informal to the formal economy. Drawing on case studies from around the world, this Global Deal thematic brief illustrates how social dialogue, involving governments and representative employers’ and workers’ organizations has, in different ways and at different levels, contributed to the transition to formality and the reduction of decent work deficits in the informal economy. It aims to assist all concerned stakeholders to apply social dialogue for the design and implementation of effective formalization strategies, in the context of the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 and the relevant international labour standards.

  3. DIILM Updates

    International Labour Migration Governance

    12 November 2020

    DIILM update #3 focuses on the ILO’s work with the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, and Population (MOLIP); Parliamentarians, the Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation, labour organizations and CSOs to strengthen the legislative and policy framework governing international labour migration

  4. Research brief

    Migration cost survey among Indonesian and Filipina domestic workers in Malaysia

    22 October 2020

    This research brief presents the findings of the survey on migration cost of Indonesian and Filipina domestic workers in Malaysia. The survey is guided by the ILO’s 2019 General Principles and Operational Guidelines for Fair Recruitment and Definition of Recruitment Fees and Related Costs and builds on previous studies conducted by the World Bank-led Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD).

  5. DIILM Updates

    Making decent work a reality for domestic workers

    20 October 2020

    DIILM Update No. 2 Domestic Workers, October 2020

  6. ILO Country brief

    COVID-19 and the labour market in Argentina: The challenge of fighting the pandemic and its socio-economic impact at a time of severe difficulty - Executive Summary

    31 August 2020

    The Argentinian employment outlook was already dire before the onset of the pandemic. The current COVID-19 crisis is going to further affect employment outlook via multiple channels, besides its health impacto, as it will affect private consumption, investment and trade. Furthermore, impacts will exacerbate the number of people entering into poverty and increase inequality. Some of the reasons are related to the fact that most affected occupational groups are those in operational or unskilled occupations. Furthermore, job losses disproportionately affect adults over 60 years and young people, as well as migrant workers. By firm size, the study indicates employment losses by those in self-employment, as well and small and medium enterprises, particularly non-registered wage workers. Overcoming these significant issues will be challenging, also compounded by the macroeconomic fragility of the country. The country has advanced on its debt renegotiations, and has enacted or strengthened measures that conform a comprehensive package for employment preservation and eventual rekindling, in line with the four pillars recommended by the ILO. However, the current fiscal space is limited with few chances of it to be expanded, indicating the need of strong monitoring of policy on roll-out, uptake and tracking impacts, as to enhance policy outcomes and either reorient expenditures or create fiscal space.

  7. Brief

    Employers and workers negotiating measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, protect livelihoods and support recovery: A review of practice

    03 July 2020

  8. Report

    Malaysia: Review of admission and recruitment practices of Indonesian workers in the plantation and domestic work sectors and related recommendations

    02 July 2020

    Indonesian workers have provided the bulk of the workforce for the plantation and the domestic work sectors in Malaysia, thereby making a significant contribution to the Malaysian economy over the years. This study on the admission and recruitment procedures and practices for Indonesian workers in the two sectors notes that there have been positive legal and regulatory developments on labour migration in Malaysia and Indonesia. It also highlights continuing challenges for migration governance and worker protection. In response, the study makes several recommendations to governments of both Malaysia and Indonesia.

  9. ILO/UN Women

    Protecting the rights of domestic workers in Malaysia during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

    16 June 2020

    This note explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on domestic workers in Malaysia. It highlights the requirements of migrant domestic workers in light of the existing and emerging impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and makes recommendations to protect the rights of domestic workers in Malaysia.

  10. Factsheet

    Impact of the COVID-19 crisis on loss of jobs and hours among domestic workers

    15 June 2020

    The ILO estimates that, in the early stages of the pandemic, on 15 March 2020, 49.3% of domestic workers were significantly impacted. This figure peaked at 73.7% on 15 May, before reducing to 72.3% on 4 June.