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Uruguay: First country ratifying C189

by IDWFED published May 01, 2012 12:00 AM
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Groundbreaking Treaty to Protect Millions of Women and Girls Worldwide



Uruguay’s move to be the first country to ratify the international Domestic Workers Convention brings long overdue protections closer to reality for millions of women and girls worldwide, Human Rights Watch said on May Day. The treaty, which extends core labor rights to an estimated 50 to 100 million domestic workers, will come into legal force when it is ratified by two countries.

Governments, trade unions, and employers’ organizations that make up the International Labor Organization (ILO) overwhelmingly voted to adopt the Domestic Workers Convention – ILO Convention 189 Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers – on June 16, 2011. The convention requires governments to provide housekeepers, nannies, and other caregivers with labor protections equivalent to those of other workers, protect them against harassment and violence, and ensure effective monitoring and enforcement.

Read the entire article on Human Rights Watch.

Find the article also in Spanish: Uruguay: Primer País en Ratificar el Convenio Internacional sobre Trabajo Doméstico.

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Graciela Espinosa, General Secretary of Uruguayan Domestic Workers Union (STUD) speaks on the ratification

In only a few years, many favorable changes have occurred in the situation of domestic workers in Uruguay. These changes began in 2006-2007 with the approval of Law No. 18,065, which regulates domestic work in the country, followed in 2008 by the incorporation of domestic workers into the Wage Councils.

For the first time in history, this sector was able to collectively negotiate working conditions, succeeding in signing their first collective bargaining agreement on August 19 of that year. That day has since been declared a full paid holiday for all domestic workers in Uruguay.

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