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Promote industrial relations in the domestic work sector in Europe

Promote industrial relations in the domestic work sector in Europe

by IDWFED published Feb 28, 2015 12:00 AM
The final report of the EFFAT study “Promote industrial relations in the domestic work sector in Europe”, co-financed by the European Commission, is contributed by 27 trade unions, 9 employers’ associations and 6 migrant/domestic workers’ organisations from 15 European countries to the research on legislation, trade union organising, employers’ structures, social dialogue and collective agreements in the domestic work sector. For the first time in Europe, we have a general overview of how service voucher systems work, what is in collective agreements for domestic workers, etc.

Resource Type

Research reports, working paper


The present report contains the results of research conducted between May and November 2014 for the EFFAT project “Promote industrial relations in the domestic work sector in Europe”. The research findings were presented to the participants of the EFFAT Women’s Conference on 19 November 2014 in Vienna.

As a result of ensuing discussions, the delegates of the Women’s Conference developed recommendations for future activities of EFFAT. These are as follows:

It is recommended that EFFAT will carry out the following actions concerning the rights and conditions of employment for domestic workers in Europe:

1. To take action at the level of the European Union, calling upon the President of the European Commission, the Commissioners and other relevant officials, as well as Members of the European Parliament to follow up on their commitment to encourage
all EU Member States to ratify ILO Convention No.189 (2011) on Decent Work for Domestic Workers, and to revise any European Directives which contain any discriminatory policies towards domestic workers such as specifically excluding them
from certain rights;

2. To contact the competent authorities in all EU Member States, such as Labour Ministries, to urge them to ratify ILO Convention No.189, and to improve national legislation and practice, where necessary, to reflect the employment and other rights that domestic workers have;

3. To urge all EFFAT member organisations to follow up with their own governments on the need to ratify ILO Convention  No.189 (where appropriate), to ensure its contents are fully embedded into national law, and that these laws are fully implemented.

The EFFAT Congress endorsed these recommendations on 21 November 2014.

The final report is available in EN, FR and DE.

All documents are available here:

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