On Lobbying Trade Unions and Governments

by IDWFED published Jul 20, 2017 12:00 AM

On Lobbying Trade Unions and Governments


1) ILO convention 144, Tripartite Consultation (International Labour Standards) Convention, 1976 (No. 144)

provides that governments are requested to consult the most representative organizations of employers and workers before finalizing their replies. Therefore Countries who ratified C144 have obligation to have consultation with the most representative organizations which are mostly national trade union centers. And the result of consultations should be reflected in the governments' reply and they should indicate which organization they have consulted.

As domestic workers unions, we will remind trade union leaders to include our leaders when meeting governments and to include our suggestions in their submission to the government to become representative of domestic workers who form significant part of the female workforce.  

You can check out which countries ratified ILO convention 144 here:

2) How to secure domestic workers’ delegate to the ILC

It is important to have women workers’ delegate, who speak on behalf of women workers and their specific concern and demand, to the ILC (International Labor Conference) when the debate for the potential new labor standard on “violence/harassment against women and men in the world of work” is taking place. Therefore we need to make sure that the national trade union centers bring suitable and competent women delegates to ILC and we can suggest that we can be the part of workers’ delegation.

There are some points which may be useful to know in having domestic workers in the women workers’ delegate to the ILC and lobbying national trade union centres for it.

  • Domestic worker’s delegate should be prepared with what is the essential point of the agenda.
  • Build on examples with enough evidence in order to build your argument from women workers point of view. Share evidences through network or alliance to build on cases
  • Feed with examples and evidence to workers’ delegates.
  • Prepare the delegate with How to speak, how to argue, how to negotiate, how to articulate.
  • Have to know the position of employers and government to be prepared beforehand
  • Budget: find way to finance resource through alliance at national level. Explain that ILC is tripartite meeting so workers’ delegate is important. Since social society are not eligible when it comes to delegation for ILC, concerned social society can make contribution through financial support to competent women worker’s delegate.
  • Making sure the delegation to attend the ILC (preparatory and plenary discussion)
  • If the delegates don’t speak at the plenary discussion, they shall be observers during ILC
  • Identifying possible advocacy/lobby opportunities and engaging in
  • Connecting with like-minded NGOs participating in the ILC, if any