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Snapshot: ILO in action, domestic workers

Snapshot: ILO in action, domestic workers

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by IDWFED published Jun 11, 2013 12:00 AM
Contributors: ILO
A growing number of countries are taking measures to improve the living and working conditions of domestic workers. But the momentum needs to be stepped up to ensure that domestic workers worldwide enjoy labour rights, just like other workers. Every day tens of millions of people throughout the world clean other people’s homes, cook their meals and watch over their children. Their work contributes to national economies and labour markets by enabling others to carry out their own jobs. Yet, domestic workers very often lack recognition as real workers, and constitute one of the most vulnerable categories of workers.

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A growing number of countries are taking measures to improve the living and working conditions of domestic workers. But the momentum needs to be stepped up to ensure that domestic workers worldwide enjoy labour rights, just like other workers.  Every day tens of millions of people throughout the world clean other people’s homes, cook their meals and watch over their children. Their work contributes to national economies and labour markets by enabling others to carry out their own jobs. Yet, domestic workers very often lack recognition as real workers, and constitute one of the most vulnerable categories of workers. Only about ten per cent of them are covered by labour legislation to the same extent as other workers, while more than 25 per cent are completely excluded. More than 80 per cent of workers in the sector are women, many of them migrants and members of disadvantaged communities. 

Content highlights:

  • Estimated Number of Domestic Workers and % Excluded from Labour Legislation
  • What has changed in labour legislation since the adoption of the Domestic Workers' Convention 189?
  • ILO in Action: Protecting domestic workers' rights
  • Wages and Working Time: Long hours and low pay violate domestic workers' rights
  • Migrant Domestic Workers: Far from home with little protection
  • Maternity Protection: Domestic workers should not have to choose between being a parent and having a job

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http://www.ilo.org/travail/whatwedo/publications/WCMS_214499/lang--en/index.htm
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