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Decent work for migrant domestic workers: Moving the agenda forward

Decent work for migrant domestic workers: Moving the agenda forward

by IDWFED published Nov 24, 2016 12:00 AM
Contributors: Marie-José Tayah/ILO
This report is part of a broader ILO strategy to promote Decent Work for Domestic Workers. It builds on knowledge generated in the context of the European Union-funded Action Programme on Migrant Domestic Workers and their Families (2013–2016).

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Research reports, working paper


Global Action Programme on Migrant Domestic Workers and their Families

Decent work for migrant domestic workers: Moving the agenda forward

The report analyses trends and patters in the migration for domestic work at global, regional and corridor levels and presents good practices and lessons learned in the areas of skills development and recognition, recruitment, collective action and voice. It offers key guidance and recommendations for improving migration policies, awareness raising campaigns and capacity building programmes for domestic workers, with the objective of leveraging better working conditions for migrant domestic workers with a view to realizing the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Chapter 1 -
Migration for domestic work: Global and regional overview

Size and composition of the domestic work sector globally
The global care crisis and international migration
Migration regimes for domestic workers across regions
2.1 Women’s labour force participation and unpaid home-based care and domestic work
3.1 Migrant domestic workers in Africa
2.2 Ageing, life expectancy, fertility rates and social policies
3.2 Migrant domestic workers in the Arab States
2.3 Women migrating in search of better opportunities
3.3 Migrant domestic workers in Asia
3.4 Migrant domestic workers in Europe
3.5 Migrant domestic workers in Latin America

Chapter 2 -
Protecting domestic workers along the migration cycle:
What role for governments?

The international legal framework governing domestic work and its monitoring
Protecting migrant domestic workers along the migration cycle:  National laws and policies
1.1 International labour standards 2.1 Countries of origin: The opportunities and challenges of mainstreaming domestic workers in foreign employment policies
1.2 Relevant ILO non-binding principles and guidelines 2.2 Countries of destination: The long road to balancing labour rights and regular channels for migrant domestic workers
1.3 The complementarity of international instruments and the regular monitoring of ILO Conventions 2.3 Protection is a shared responsibility

Chapter 3 -
Gaining insight into the compliance gap: The Limits of awareness raising

Knowledge and practices of employers
Knowledge, attitude and practices of workers
2.1 Ethnicity or nationality of the employer 3.1 Attitude of workers towards their working conditions
2.2 Nationality of the worker 3.2 Lifecycle of a migrant domestic worker in the country of destination
2.3 Income, education levels and household characteristics
2.4 The worker’s occupational profile
2.5 Member of the family or worker?

Chapter 4 -
Unseen, Uncosted, and Unwaged:
The importance of skills’ development
and recognition for domestic workers across borders

1. Introduction
2. Recognizing the expanding portfolio of migrant domestic workers by linking wage increases to skills level and complexity
3. Developing and recognizing the vocational and transversal skills of domestic worker
4. Labour rights are the cornerstone of orientation and skills’ programmes
5. Improving skills’ matching in countries of origin and destination
6. Developing and recognizing the skills of domestic workers across borders and promoting the upward mobility of returnees
7. Conclusions

Chapter 5 -
Reducing the costs of labour migration through fair recruitment practices

A diverse and fragmented recruitment industry
The need to regulate labour recruiters
Models for addressing key issues and challenges in the recruitment industry
Recommendations for protecting migrant domestic workers and preventing their abuse
4.1 Using agreements and joint and several liability schemes to prevent abuses
5.1 Licensing requirements
4.2 Establishing procedures for the monitoring of recruiters and investigation of complaints, alleged abuses and fraudulent practice
5.2 Registration schemes
5.3 No fees charged to domestic workers
5.4 Encourage good practices by PEAs in compliance with the Private Employment Agencies Convention and Recommendation
5.5 Expanding fair models of recruitment beyond PEAs

Chapter 6 -
Domestic workers organizing across borders and winning rights

A typology of migrant domestic workers’ organizations
2.1 Women migrant domestic workers forming and joining trade unions
2.2 The association model of organizing
2.3 Collaboration between the association and union models
2.4 International alliances and organizing

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