News and articles on domestic work

  1. News

    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).

  2. News

    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.

  3. News

    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.

  4. Labour standards

    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.

  5. Domestic workers

    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.

  6. Al Jazeera

    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.

  7. BBC Business Edition

    The ILO calls for tough legal protection for domestic workers

    09 January 2013

    Only 10% of the world's 53 million domestic workers enjoy adequate labour rights. Over half of them have no legal limit on their working hours and do not receive a minimum wage. In addition, 45% of domestic workers worldwide are not entitled to rest periods. In a live interview on the BBC's "Business Edition", ILO's Martin Oelz, explained how domestic workers are more vulnerable to exploitation as their jobs are often not even considered as work and their workplaces are households beyond the usual reach of labour inspection systems. Oelz stressed that legal protection is key to achieve decent and better conditions for domestic workers.