Domestic Workers Unite: A guide for building collective power to achieve rights and protections for domestic workers

A joint Guide by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) & ILO’s Global Action Programme on Migrant Domestic Workers and their Families (ILO-GAP).

This Guide aims to inspire and support domestic workers, their union and union activists and leaders to continue and strengthen their advocacy campaigns.

  • The first chapter describes the path toward the adoption of C189.
  • A brief history of the IDWF and its plans for the next years is provided in chapter 2.
  • In the next chapter, we feature ITUC’s 12 + 12 campaign.
  • Chapter 4 provides an overview of countries that have ratified C189 and adopted labour-law reforms since 16 June 2011.
  • In Chapter 5, we present a number of advocacy campaigns which have paved the way to the rights and protections of domestic workers.
  • Chapters 6 and 7 capture the key strategies to build advocacy campaigns and organise domestic workers.
  • The Resources are listed in chapter 8 and include a list of our publications, links to social media – where you can share your story – and our contact information.

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